By James Griffith
The place it divides Arizona and Sonora, the foreign boundary among Mexico and the us is either a political fact, actually expressed via a fence, and, to a substantial measure, a cultural phantasm. Mexican, Anglo, and local American cultures straddle the fence; humans of assorted ethnic backgrounds stream from side to side around the man made divide, regardless of expanding hindrances to loose circulate. On each side is located a posh cultural mixture of ethnic, non secular, and occupational teams. In A Shared house James Griffith examines a few of the unique people expressions of this diverse cultural quarter.
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Additional resources for A Shared Space: Folklife in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands
The crowd entering the cemetery gives some notion of the volume of people who go to the cemeteries just before All Souls' Day. The carts in the foreground contain paletas, or ice cream bars. Photograph by James Griffith. Working with tissue paper has been an important traditional Mexican craft since colonial times. Yet little that has to do with the origins of Mexican folk customs is as simple as it seems. Elaborate paper cut-outs in contemporary central Mexico seem to have pre-Columbian antecedants.
Moreover, in Nogales, Arizona, the Catholic Church played a greater formal role in public observances than it seemed to in Sonora. Mter dark on the evening of November 2, a procession marched from the Sacred Heart Parish Church to the cemetery, several blocks away. The procession consisted of about 35 people with candles, led by the parish priest and three altar boys. They were joined in the cemetery by many more people, and Mass was said to a congregation of well over one hundred. This is a standard Catholic practice in many communities; it was revived in 1984 in Nogales, Arizona, after having been allowed to die out a few years before.
S. Army, features a realistic-looking pair of free-standing, sculpted cowboy boots. Wrought-iron crosses and fences are in great evidence in Nogales, Arizona. Most are in the same baroque style as those of Nogales, Sonora. An occasional piece, however, suggests that additional, more modern models were and are available to customers and craftsmen in Arizona. The intensity and general flavor of All Souls' Day as celebrated in Nogales, Arizona, is different from the scene in Sonora. Professional florists prepare and sell coronas of plastic flowers, just as the florists do in Sonora.
A Shared Space: Folklife in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands by James Griffith