Borderlore is our monthly e-journal, compiles interviews, articles, short essays, and commentaries on the diversity of cultural assets in the Southwest region. Stories cover the work of traditional artists, community celebrations, heritage practices, cultural traditions, food and foodways, and more. It currently reaches 9,000 subscribers. Click here to subscribe.
The Jim & Loma Griffith Archives is an online, educational portal compiling stories, reports, and studies of traditional cultures of the Arizona-Sonora and greater Borderlands region. It highlights the region’s music, dances, foods, traditions, adornment, rituals, jokes, manual and occupational arts. The Archives were created in 2011 to celebrate the 40-plus-year legacy of “Big Jim” Griffith on the occasion of his receiving the National Endowment for the Arts’ Bess Lomax Hawes Award/National Heritage Fellowship recognizing him as one of the nation’s leading folklorists.
This project documents the experiences and histories of people working in the fresh produce industry in Nogales, Arizona, the primary entry point for imported produce from Mexico. From produce brokers to truck drivers to customs inspectors, the heart of the industry is rooted in multi-generational family-owned businesses and local occupational customs; at the same time, the rise of new shipping routes through Texas place the life of Nogales in socioeconomic jeopardy. The puts a human face on the industry and examines the impacts—past, present, and projected—of social and economic changes in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.
EL MORO DE CUMPAS: ORAL HISTORY