We have an opportunity to visit one of Tucson’s most spectacular popular Baroque installations.
These photos relate to the blog of Friday, Dec. 12.
The first two photos were taken in Altar, Sonora, an important jumping-off place on the trail north. They relate directly to Friday's blog. The remainder were photographed in Tucson, and il…
This story reaches from the Sonoran Desert to Albuquerque and back again, and today — the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe — is the time to tell it.
When the first Franciscan missionaries arrived in Mexico City just after the Conquest, they were faced with formidable tasks. Their job was to convert to Christianity a huge urban Native populace whose language and culture they were unacquain…
This Saturday — tomorrow and next day — we all have a chance to visit the Annual Fiesta de Tumacacori, at Tumacacori National Historical Park. Take my advice, and go — it’s an almost perfect celebration of the people and history of the upper …
Wednesday, Dec. 3, is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, the unofficial patron of our Pimería Alta.
It was often about this time of year, when winter was becoming a reality, that I’d start getting phone calls from Van Holyoak. Van had a family ranch up in Clay Srings, in Arizona’s White Mountains near Showlow. He supported what he called hi…
In my last blog I mentioned Father Kino’s travelling companion, Juan Mateo Manje. He is a man worth meeting. An officer in the Spanish army, he was born in 1670 in Aragón, Spain. He arrived in Sonora in 1693 with his uncle, General Jironza, t…
This is admittedly a bit of a drive, and makes the most sense if you’re headed towards Altar or Caborca anyway.
Last week I attended the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society.
Juan Soldado is better known in Tijuana than he is in the Pimería Alta.
This is the second in a three-part series on folk saints.
The first of three blogs about folk saints of our region.
Pan de muerto is a rich egg bread, often formed into round loaves with molded bone shapes.
Folklorist Jim Griffith dives deeper in part two about this Mexican holiday."Carefree" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
November 2 is the day on which the dead are remembered and prayed for.
Folklorist Jim Griffith discusses traditions and lore surrounding this Mexican holiday.
The duendes I have heard about are mischievous beings who play tricks on people.
Mal de ojo (the evil eye) can be accidentally transmitted by looking admiringly at a person.
As long as I’m in a bookish mode, I might as well introduce you to another one.
A new book has come along that simply has to be mentioned here.
Let’s hit some highlights of the rest of the weekend.
Experience many aspects of the traditional cultures that call Tucson “home.”
There’s a new kid on our folklife block. It's the Southwest Folklife Alliance.
Folklorists study the informal aspects of the culture of human communities.