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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 trail north. They relate directly to Friday's blog. The remainder were photographed in Tucson, and il…

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 convert to Christianity a huge urban Native populace whose language and culture they were unacquain…

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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. Take my advice, and go — it’s an almost perfect celebration of the people and history of the upper …

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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 family ranch up in Clay Srings, in Arizona’s White Mountains near Showlow. He supported what he called hi…

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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, he was born in 1670 in Aragón, Spain. He arrived in Sonora in 1693 with his uncle, General Jironza, t…

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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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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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