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Big Jim: Ures, Sonora

Big Jim: Ures, Sonora

Last week I helped out with a folklife field school on the Rio Sonora. I’ve visited this lovely valley in previous blogs and will doubtless vi…

January 27, 2015 12:15 am Photos

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Big Jim: Chiltepines

Big Jim: Chiltepines

Big Jim describes what chiltepines are and their uses in this episode.

January 24, 2015 3:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: Entering Our Mining Past

Big Jim: Entering Our Mining Past

Tales of mines, like mine tailings, can be found all through our desert land — in Sonora, Arizona, and the various sovereign nations. Let’s vi…

January 22, 2015 9:30 pm Photos

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Big Jim: Cowboy humor and tense situations

Big Jim: Cowboy humor and tense situations

Jim Griffith recalls a time when humor helped save the day.

January 15, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: A few more 'windies'

Big Jim: A few more 'windies'

Here are a couple of "windies" I recorded from the late Luther “Slim” Kite.

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Big Jim: A tale of buried treasure

Big Jim: A tale of buried treasure

Stolen payroll leads to buried treasure in this tale from the border.

January 08, 2015 6:00 pmLoading…

Big Jim: Tamales

Big Jim: Tamales

“Tamales are made for an occasion, and an occasion is made out of making them.” —Diana Kennedy, The Cuisines of Mexico

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Big Jim: El Nacimiento at La Casa Cordova

Big Jim: El Nacimiento at La Casa Cordova

We have an opportunity to visit one of Tucson’s most spectacular popular Baroque installations.

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Big Jim: A gallery of Guadalupe murals

Big Jim: A gallery of Guadalupe murals

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 t…

December 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: Our Lady of Guadalupe on the border

Big Jim: Our Lady of Guadalupe on the border

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.

December 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: The Las Posadas procession

Big Jim: The Las Posadas procession

When the first Franciscan missionaries arrived in Mexico City just after the Conquest, they were faced with formidable tasks. Their job was to…

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Big Jim: The Tumacacori Fiesta

Big Jim: The Tumacacori Fiesta

This Saturday — tomorrow and next day — we all have a chance to visit the Annual Fiesta de Tumacacori, at Tumacacori National Historical Park.…

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Big Jim: San Francisco Xavier

Big Jim: San Francisco Xavier

Wednesday, Dec. 3, is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, the unofficial patron of our Pimería Alta.

December 02, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: Duck troubles in Clay Springs

Big Jim: Duck troubles in Clay Springs

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 famil…

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Big Jim: Introducing Juan Mateo Manje

Big Jim: Introducing Juan Mateo Manje

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, h…

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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 …

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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.

October 27, 2014 6:00 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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