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Season of Play - BorderLore May 2013
This BorderLore intersects the fun in expressive culture.

The month of May transitions us to summer and invites us to engage in the diversity of play. Around the maypole, at the ballpark and in fiesta - we are absorbed in expressions of play as joyful, artful components of ritual and fun.
 
Play is also a simple path to community folklife. We know there is the interrelation of play and culture in many societies, where children play to practice skills they need as adults.

Our May BorderLore looks to the versatility of play and its role in celebration and learning:
  •  Dr. Maribel Alvarez discusses the universality of play -- how it crosses boundaries, invites inclusion. She also encourages us to look ahead to October, when the granddaddy of Tucson's festival culture - Tucson Meet Yourself - celebrates 40 years of advancing the diversity of our region's folklife. Read more.
  • TMY Master Japanese Artist Fukumi Zapp relays the traditions (and the toys) of expressive culture shared during Japanese Children's Day at Yume Gardens. Read more.   
  • Tucson Chinese Cultural Center History Committee Chair Robin Blackwood engages us in neighborhood storytelling and points us to June's Dragonboat Celebration. The Dunbar Spring neighborhood plays an important role in this year's summer celebrations. Read more.    
  • Wat Buddhametta, the Tucson Buddhist monastery and temple, plays with our tastebuds and explains the mindful traditions expressed in Thai desserts. Read more.  
  • We wrap up this edition of BorderLore with nuggets about: Tucson Meet Yourself staff. Read more. And Tucson Meet Yourself field school. Read more.    
Play enriches quality of life, in some instances manifesting into a creative expression of community and ritual of a common past. May play bring us joy and energy this month.


2013 Tucson Meet Yourself. All rights reserved. BorderLore is the e-news magazine of Tucson Meet Yourself, bringing thoughtful documentation about regional folklore, folklife and all manners of artful ways (in language, food, dress, music, decoration, storytelling, history and more) that residents of these often-conflicted borderlands produce and share.


Editor: Dr. Maribel Alvarez
Staff: Monica Surfaro Spigelman   

 

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