- Sacred sites have soundtracks, or at least familiar chants and songs and sounds that are signatures of certain religions and practices. This Smithsonian piece lets you hear them.
- The Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred site in Burma. Legend has it that eight strands of Buddha’s hair helped it come into being. Here’s the story. Next time some of your hair falls out in the shower, maybe toss it to the wind and see what happens?
- Of course, sacred sites are subjective. Your paradise might be another’s nightmare. But here’s a fun list of power and peace sites in the United States, and elsewhere. You be the judge.
- Folklorist “Big Jim” Griffith has long written about roadside shrines in the Southwest. In a 2014 edition of Arizona Daily Star, he wrote about “one of the holiest places on [the Tohono O’odham nation.” Read about the “pile of flat rocks surrounded by a circle of peeled ocotillo stalks” and what it means, here.
- There’s lots of tension in America right now illegal immigration. A NPR story last spring explored the tradition of religious communities offering sanctuary to those at risk of deportation. Also, two episodes of the podcast 99% Invisible featured a story about the history of the Sanctuary Movement, born in Tucson at the Southside Presbyterian Church.
Here are a few upcoming opportunities and events:
- Internships for emerging Native American/indigenous artists. Learn about museum work and participate in workshops with master Native American artists in pottery and basketry: Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham), Sally Black (Navajo), Jessica Lomatewama (Hopi). Applications due AUGUST 28, 2017. Learn more here: www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/about/jobs-and-internships
- Artist Talk with Gabriel Rico and Estrella Payton, the first participants in an artist residency and cultural exchange program offering fully-sponsored residencies to artists from Guadalajara to travel and work in Phoenix, Arizona, and to Latinx artists from Phoenix to travel and work in Guadalajara, Jalisco. August 29, 7:00-9:00PM. ASU Art Museum Project Space. 821 N. 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ.
- Internship with CALA Alliance. This Phoenix-based cultural alliance seeks emerging arts and culture leaders with an interest in Latinx arts, cultural production and nonprofit arts management. Deadline is August 31. Here’s the scoop: www.calaalliance.org/internships/