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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

December 23, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
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.

December 19, 2014 1:00 am Related Loading…
A gallery of Guadalupe murals

A gallery of Guadalupe murals

The Virgin of Guadalupe spray-painted on the boarded-up window of a house near the corner of Fourth Avenue and 10th Street, March, 1982. Jim Griffith photo.

December 12, 2014 12:59 pm
A gallery of Guadalupe murals

A gallery of Guadalupe murals

A more focused use of the Virgin as cultural symbol. She stands in the center, supported not by the usual angel but by a Chicano. Radiating out from here are historical images and symbols if hope for the future. Taken at the Pizza Hut on West St Mary's Road in 1995.

December 12, 2014 12:57 pm
A gallery of Guadalupe murals

A gallery of Guadalupe murals

Detail of mural by Martin Moreno and Students on the south wall of La Pilita, near the El Tiradito shrine. The entire mural illustrates continuities in Chicano culture. This segment seems to illustrate the shrine, above and below ground, with a glimpse into the modern world among the clouds."

December 12, 2014 12:53 pm
A gallery of Guadalupe murals

A gallery of Guadalupe murals

Detail of the Perfection Plumbing mural by Tucson High students and Antonio Pazos, 950 S. Park Ave. This mural, now painted over, includes the Virgin of Guadalupe as one of a number of symbols of Chicano cultural identity, including, from left, a church, a deer dancer, revolutionary soldiers…

December 12, 2014 12:55 pm
A gallery of Guadalupe murals

A gallery of Guadalupe murals

Mural on the road north from Altar, Sonora. Altar is an important stop on the road north-bound. This mural is one way in which would-be border-crossers are warned of the dangers ahead.

December 12, 2014 12:52 pm
A gallery of Guadalupe murals

A gallery of Guadalupe murals

Detail of mural in previous photo.

December 12, 2014 12:49 pm
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 unacquainted with and many of whose customs they found repu…

December 09, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
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 Santa Cruz Valley.

December 05, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
San Francisco Xavier

San Francisco Xavier

The statue of Saint Francis Xavier, ready for his feast day at Mission San Xavier del Bac. Jim Griffith photo, December, 1988.

December 02, 2014 10:00 am
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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San Francisco Xavier

San Francisco Xavier

The statue of St. Francis Xavier as it normally appears over the main altar of Mission San Xavier del Bac. Jim Griffith photo, June 17, 1999.

December 02, 2014 9:57 am
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 his “cow habit” by working full-time for the Arizona…

November 28, 2014 8:00 am Related Loading…
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, the military governor of that province. He became t…

November 25, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
Introducing Juan Mateo Manje

Introducing Juan Mateo Manje

Mural of Father Kino and his unfinished boat, in the main plaza of Magdalena de Kino. Jim Griffith photo, March, 2006.

November 25, 2014 8:41 am
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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Trincheras, Sonora's most spectacular archaeological site

Trincheras, Sonora's most spectacular archaeological site

Some of the terraces on the north slope of Cerro de las Trincheras, January 16, 1995, Jim Griffith photo.

November 20, 2014 11:33 am
Trincheras, Sonora's most spectacular archaeological site

Trincheras, Sonora's most spectacular archaeological site

The painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the west end of the north slope of el Cerro de Trincheras. The gate to the right of the sign marks the entrance to the trail leading up to the shrine. "Tepeyac" is the name of the hill outside Mexico City where the original apparition took place. Th…

November 20, 2014 11:34 am
Big Jim: A short detour

Big Jim: A short detour

Last week I attended the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society.

November 14, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
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: Juan Soldado

Big Jim: Juan Soldado

Detail of the alter in the Juan Soldado chapel in 1983. Juan's statue is covered with offerings. His likeness comes from a photograph believed to represent him. The other two statues represent the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jim Griffith photo.

November 03, 2014 9:45 am
Big Jim: Juan Soldado

Big Jim: Juan Soldado

The chapel of Juan Soldado in the Panteón Numero Uno, Tijuana, Baja California. Juan's grave is surrounded by the blue fence in the foreground. His bust is over the entrance to the chapel. Ex-votos and floral offerings are much in evidence. This photo was taken in 1983; since then the chapel…

November 03, 2014 9:43 am
Big Jim: Jesus Malverde

Big Jim: Jesus Malverde

The altar in the Malverde chapel in Culiacán. You can see testimonial ex-votos on the rear wall. Nobody had a photo of Malverde, so this likeness, now the standard one, was created from photographs of Jorge Negrete and Pedro Infante, two popular ranchero singers. Jim Griffith photo, March 8, 2003.

November 03, 2014 9:29 am
Big Jim: Jesus Malverde

Big Jim: Jesus Malverde

The front door of the Jesus Malverde chapel in Culiacán, Sinaloa. Jim Griffith photo, March 18, 2003.

November 03, 2014 9:28 am
Big Jim: Teresa Urrea, La Santa de Cabora

Big Jim: Teresa Urrea, La Santa de Cabora

The interior of the Santa Teresita chapel. The picture on the right wall is of Teresa Urrea. Note the magazine article beside the picture. October 20, 2002. Jim Griffith photo.

November 03, 2014 9:17 am
Big Jim: Teresa Urrea, La Santa de Cabora

Big Jim: Teresa Urrea, La Santa de Cabora

The chapel dedicated to Teresita on the Santa Teresita Ranch in Arizona's San Pedro River Valley. October 20, 1982. Jim Griffith photo.

November 03, 2014 9:15 am
Pan de Muerto

Pan de Muerto

Pan de muerto in human form with molded 'bones'" Nogales, Sonora. Oct. 31, 1984.

October 27, 2014 9:45 am
Pan de Muerto

Pan de Muerto

Pan de Muerto with molded "bones." Oct. 31, 1984.

October 27, 2014 9:46 am
El Día de los Muertos

El Día de los Muertos

White graves with turquoise crosses and marigold borders. Panteon Nacional, Nogales, Sonora. November 3, 1983

October 27, 2014 9:34 am
El Día de los Muertos

El Día de los Muertos

Graves in Pantéon Nacional, Nogales, Sonora, November, 1993. 

October 27, 2014 9:32 am
Big Jim: Duendes

Big Jim: Duendes

The duendes I have heard about are mischievous beings who play tricks on people.

October 24, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
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.

October 21, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
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.

October 17, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
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.

October 14, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
A wonderful new Borderlands book

A wonderful new Borderlands book

A cabalgada visiting the Fiesta of San Francisco in Magdalena, Sonora.

October 06, 2014 11:25 am
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.

October 03, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
Meet the Southwest Folklife Alliance

Meet the Southwest Folklife Alliance

Students at the 2013 field School and an interested horse watch a coffee roasting demonstration by Ramona Ochoa in Las Delicias, in the Rio Sonora Valley. June, 2013, Jim Griffith photo.

September 30, 2014 3:49 pm
All-O'odham Fiddle Band Contest

All-O'odham Fiddle Band Contest

Members of the Nolic band after the All-O'odham Fiddle Band Contest, at the Wa:k Pow-wow, with San Xavier Mission in the background.

September 29, 2014 12:00 am
How San Antonio saved Oquitoa

How San Antonio saved Oquitoa

The interior of the church at Oquitoa. The statue of San Antonio holding the Christ Child is second from the top, over the altar. The two life-sized colonial statues at left were mentioned in an earlier blog.

September 23, 2014 12:00 am

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