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.
Let’s take a look at the reclining statue of San Francisco Xavier.
At some time around 1850 the village of Oquitoa was under attack.
Hear a story that has been told for more than 200 years.
Jim writes about the folklore of Southern Arizona and northern Sonora.
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…
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…
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…
Huépac is the next village downstream from Banámichi, on the Río Sonora. By the way, when you go through Banámichi, look at the huge stone on a statuary base in the park just east of the road. The base is modern; the stone bears a complex des…