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The Skinny on corn tortillas

Big Jim Griffith's history and folklore blog, "Our Storied Desert Land," continues today at azstarnet.com/bigjim

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Big Jim: El Tiradito and Urban Renewal

Big Jim: El Tiradito and Urban Renewal

In the 1960s, a large chunk of what had been downtown Tucson was swallowed up by a huge Urban Renewal project. Old businesses and residential neighborhoods were cleared to make was for public buildings like the Convention Center.

May 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Big Jim: Some history about El Tiradito

Big Jim: Some history about El Tiradito

In the 1920s, our shrine, El Tiradito, which had been downhill from its present location, was moved because of a street-widening project, and settled on land donated to the city of Tucson.

May 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Fishing for sand trout and suckers

Fishing for sand trout and suckers

A sculpture of sand trout in the Rose Hill Wash on Tanque Verde Road, Tues. July 5, 2011.

April 23, 2013 12:00 am
The evolution of sand trout

The evolution of sand trout

No fishing for sand trout at the Atturbury-Lyman Bird and Animal Sanctuary loop trail. Photo taken 12/11/09.

April 19, 2013 12:00 am
Big Jim: The evolution of sand trout

Big Jim: The evolution of sand trout

It all began when the Sonoran Desert started drying up, to become what it is today.

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Big Jim: Dry river stories

In my last blog I shared some of the historical importance of the Santa Cruz River. That’s a good example of the way I use history and archaeology — the study of the past — to illuminate the present. That river, no matter how much it has changed, is the reason for Tucson being where it is.

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Big Jim: A river ran (and still runs, sometimes) through it

Big Jim: A river ran (and still runs, sometimes) through it

Let’s start with a river – The Santa Cruz River. We have to start there, because that’s where human settlement in this area started.

April 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Celebrate Tucson's Slavic heritage

Celebrate Tucson's Slavic heritage

Members of the Lajkonik Polish Folk Ensemble perform for the Tucson Slavic Festival Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at St. Melany Byzantine Catholic Church. Such entertainment can be expected at the Slavic Heritage Festival April 20, 2013.

April 09, 2013 9:30 am
Celebrate Tucson's Slavic heritage

Celebrate Tucson's Slavic heritage

True to my promise, I’m alerting you to events related to the subject of this blog, the living cultural traditions of Tucson.

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Meet Big Jim's Tucson

Meet Big Jim's Tucson

There are many ways in which one can describe Tucson. It’s a place of Sunbelt sprawl and rapid growth. It’s the home of Davis-Monthan, Raytheon, and the University of Arizona. It’s got a friendly winter climate and excellent resorts and golf courses. It’s surrounded by desert and mountains o…

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StarNet welcomes 'Big Jim'

There's no place in the world where Big Jim Griffith would rather live than in the borderlands of Southern Arizona and northern Mexico.

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About this blog

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Our Storied Desert Land

Our Storied Desert Land

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