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Big Jim replay: Dry river stories

Big Jim replay: Dry river stories

Jokes are a part of any culture’s folklore and can serve as a kind of salve or ointment that we can slather over the raw places in our consciousness.

July 09, 2015 8:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim replay: A tale of buried treasure

Big Jim replay: A tale of buried treasure

In this favorite Big Jim tale, a stolen payroll leads to buried treasure.

July 02, 2015 6:00 pm Video Loading…

Big Jim: "The Cowman's Troubles"

Big Jim: "The Cowman's Troubles"

Jim Griffith tells of the dirtier side of the cattle business.

June 25, 2015 5:48 pmLoading…

Big Jim: "Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail"

Big Jim: "Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail"

Jim Griffith sings a classic western song written by Gail Gardner.

June 18, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: 'Tying the Knots in the Devil's Tail'

Big Jim: 'Tying the Knots in the Devil's Tail'

These are the lyrics to the song Jim Griffith is singing in his latest video.

June 18, 2015 6:00 pm Video Loading…

Big Jim: 'It's so hot... how hot is it?'

Big Jim: 'It's so hot... how hot is it?'

Big Jim brings you tall tales to help beat back the summer.

June 11, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: Danny Lopez

Big Jim: Danny Lopez

This blog essay is the start of something new — a series of sketches of individual tradition bearers who, while they lived, added greatly to t…

June 08, 2015 6:00 pm Related Loading…

Big Jim: A tale about crossing the border

Big Jim: A tale about crossing the border

Jim Griffith brings us a tale of morality and misunderstanding along the border.

June 05, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: Tales from across the border

Big Jim: Tales from across the border

Jim Griffith recounts a tale of mischief and misunderstanding along the border.

June 02, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: How to harvest organ pipe cactus

Big Jim: How to harvest organ pipe cactus

Jim Griffith discusses the tools and techniques used to harvest Organ Pipe Cactus.

May 28, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: Harvesting saguaro fruit with a guiput

Big Jim: Harvesting saguaro fruit with a guiput

Jim Griffith shows us how and when to harvest saguaro fruit.

May 26, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: A new book on the Mission

Big Jim: A new book on the Mission

Bernard L. “Bunny” Fontana has come out with a new book on the history of our mission.

May 19, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

Big Jim: More cross-cultural non-communication

Big Jim: More cross-cultural non-communication

When dealing with another culture, you don’t always know what is really going on.

May 15, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

Big Jim: A trumpet player in Los Angeles

Big Jim: A trumpet player in Los Angeles

There is really little to add about Mother's Day, except this story.

May 11, 2015 8:00 pm Related Loading…

Big Jim replay: Mother's Day

Big Jim replay: Mother's Day

A replay of Jim Griffith's Mother's Day treatise of 2014.

May 08, 2015 12:15 amLoading…

Big Jim: Good news from San Xavier del Bac

Big Jim: Good news from San Xavier del Bac

After a long wait, the work on Mission San Xavier’s east tower is finally beginning.

May 04, 2015 10:00 pm Video Loading…

Big Jim: More on the elusive sand trout

Big Jim: More on the elusive sand trout

Jim recalls a time when the sand trout hooked a sucker.

April 30, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: A prolific Sonoran sculptor

Big Jim: A prolific Sonoran sculptor

Pedro Calles Encinas was born on January 29, 1914, in San Pedro de la Cueva, Sonora. His father was one of Pancho Villa’s victims in the mass …

April 28, 2015 12:15 am Photos

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Big Jim: Santa Cruz River sand trout

Big Jim: Santa Cruz River sand trout

Big Jim discusses how one goes about catching the legendary sand trout.

April 23, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: A massacre revisited

Big Jim: A massacre revisited

In October 1915, Pancho Villa decided to recoup his fortunes by invading Sonora.

April 21, 2015 12:15 am Video Related Loading…

Big Jim: Hand-carved mesquite tortilla press

Big Jim: Hand-carved mesquite tortilla press

Jim Griffith discusses different tortilla presses and shows off his mesquite press.

April 16, 2015 6:00 pm Video Related Loading…

Big Jim: A short glossary of our local vocabulary

Big Jim: A short glossary of our local vocabulary

A few Spanish words common in our region, which don’t exist or have different meanings in other parts of the Mexican world. 

April 14, 2015 12:15 am Video Related Loading…

Big Jim: Yaqui Easter Rosaries

Big Jim: Yaqui Easter Rosaries

Jim Griffith describes the role rosaries play in Yaqui Easter.

April 02, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: Helium monsters

Big Jim: Helium monsters

Jim tells of how a gila monster can become a helium monster.

March 31, 2015 9:30 pmLoading…

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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