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Big Jim: Trincheras, Sonora's most spectacular archaeological site

Big Jim: Trincheras, Sonora's most spectacular archaeological site

This is admittedly a bit of a drive, and makes the most sense if you’re headed towards Altar or Caborca anyway.

November 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: A short detour

Big Jim: A short detour

Last week I attended the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society.

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Big Jim: Juan Soldado

Big Jim: Juan Soldado

Juan Soldado is better known in Tijuana than he is in the Pimería Alta.

November 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: Jesus Malverde

Big Jim: Jesus Malverde

This is the second in a three-part series on folk saints.

November 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: Teresa Urrea, La Santa de Cabora

Big Jim: Teresa Urrea, La Santa de Cabora

The first of three blogs about folk saints of our region.

November 03, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Big Jim: Pan de Muerto

Big Jim: Pan de Muerto

Pan de muerto is a rich egg bread, often formed into round loaves with molded bone shapes.

October 31, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Big Jim: Day of the Dead traditions, part 2

Big Jim: Day of the Dead traditions, part 2

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/

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Big Jim: El Día de los Muertos

Big Jim: El Día de los Muertos

November 2 is the day on which the dead are remembered and prayed for.

October 28, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Day of the dead traditions, part 1, with Big Jim

Day of the dead traditions, part 1, with Big Jim

Folklorist Jim Griffith discusses traditions and lore surrounding this Mexican holiday.

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Big Jim: Duendes

Big Jim: Duendes

The duendes I have heard about are mischievous beings who play tricks on people.

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Big Jim: Why I touch some babies

Big Jim: Why I touch some babies

Mal de ojo (the evil eye) can be accidentally transmitted by looking admiringly at a person.

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Big Jim: Another book...and a good story

Big Jim: Another book...and a good story

As long as I’m in a bookish mode, I might as well introduce you to another one.

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Big Jim: A wonderful new Borderlands book

Big Jim: A wonderful new Borderlands book

A new book has come along that simply has to be mentioned here.

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Big Jim: Tucson Meet Yourself, Part two

Big Jim: Tucson Meet Yourself, Part two

Let’s hit some highlights of the rest of the weekend.

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Big Jim: What's new at Tucson Meet Yourself, Oct. 10-12

Big Jim: What's new at Tucson Meet Yourself, Oct. 10-12

Experience many aspects of the traditional cultures that call Tucson “home.”

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Big Jim: Meet the Southwest Folklife Alliance

Big Jim: Meet the Southwest Folklife Alliance

There’s a new kid on our folklife block. It's the Southwest Folklife Alliance.

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Big Jim: The San Francisco statue in Magdalena

Big Jim: The San Francisco statue in Magdalena

Let’s take a look at the reclining statue of San Francisco Xavier.

September 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: How San Antonio saved Oquitoa

Big Jim: How San Antonio saved Oquitoa

At some time around 1850 the village of Oquitoa was under attack.

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Big Jim: A priest remembered 202 years later

Big Jim: A priest remembered 202 years later

Hear a story that has been told for more than 200 years.

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Big Jim: Oquitoa and its church

Big Jim: Oquitoa and its church

Jim writes about the folklore of Southern Arizona and northern Sonora.

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Big Jim: The Pitiquito Punitive Expedition

Big Jim: The Pitiquito Punitive Expedition

I was told the following story by an elderly doctor from Pitiquito, Sonora, some of whose ancestors had been involved in the incident. The year was 1916. Pancho Villa had raided Columbus, New Mexico in March, killing several Americans. An exp…

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Big Jim: The painted walls of Pitiquito

Big Jim: The painted walls of Pitiquito

Pitiquito is on Mexican Highway 2, just a few miles east of Caborca. The church of San Diego can be seen from the highway, and is well worth a visit for several reasons. It is a handsome building, lovely in its severity, though lacking in out…

June 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: The Black Christ of Aconchi

Big Jim: The Black Christ of Aconchi

The church of San Pedro de Aconchi, downstream on the Río Sonora from Huépac, has a Black Christ over the main altar. Although some local folks refer to it by its “proper” name of El Señor de Esquipulas, it also has legends similar to the one…

June 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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About this blog

Jim Griffith is the former director of the Southwest Folklore Center at the University of Arizona, and co-founder of Tucson Meet Yourself. He’s also the author of seven books on the folklore and folklife of our region, most recently “A Border Runs Through It.” His books can be purchased at tucson.com/wildcatgear.

If you have questions or suggestions for Jim Griffith or this blog, e-mail bigjimgriffith@gmail.com

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