A Shared Space: Folklife in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands by James Griffith

By James Griffith

The place it divides Arizona and Sonora, the overseas boundary among Mexico and the USA is either a political fact, actually expressed by way of a fence, and, to a substantial measure, a cultural phantasm. Mexican, Anglo, and local American cultures straddle the fence; humans of assorted ethnic backgrounds movement from side to side around the man made divide, regardless of expanding stumbling blocks to loose flow. On both sides is located a posh cultural mixture of ethnic, spiritual, and occupational teams. In A Shared area James Griffith examines some of the unique people expressions of this diversified cultural quarter.

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Past the blacksmith shop where men were welding in the yard and newly painted wrought-iron crosses shone black in the afternoon sun, past the dusty marmolerias where composition grave markers were being made, past the rows of trucks from Imuris and La Mesa, each bearing its owner's name and home town painted in elegant, shaded letters on the door, each backed to the street to display white margaritas, yellow zempasuchiles, and coronas of home-made paper flowers. And this, I was told, was nothing compared to the crowds that would be here tomorrow on November 2, el mero dia de los muertos.

Ready-made screen doors often are provided with S curve strips of thin metal as decorations along the horizontal center divider; these are occasionally used to decorate metal cemetery crosses. Finally, some ephemeral decorations placed on the graves may be made of recycled materials. I have seen flowers with petals made of 32 A Shared Space aluminum tabs from drink cans and with bottlecap centers. Wreaths of artificial daisies made from plastic soda straws are sold at cemetery entrances as the Day approaches.

Establishing his bakery, La Panaderia Catedraf (The Cathedral Bakery), he proceeded to bake the breads which in central Mexico were appropriate to the various seasons. " This is a special, rich bread which is used both for feasting and for placing as offerings on altars to the dead. Sr. Castaneda's pan de muerto is a very rich egg bread with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top. He forms it into round, rectangular, cruciform, or human-shaped loaves, with small dough "bones" arranged on top. As Sr.

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