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Faith: Cultural Connective Tissue

A collection of experiences, narratives and mementos create a sense of faith this month.

 

Why are we so intentional about creating places, material objects and movements that involve faith? Perhaps faith is a path to hope, inspiration, safety and connection, our way to both retreat from and renew belief in our spiritual, physical, artistic and community lives.

Culture also conjures up pathways to faith. This edition of BorderLore celebrates several cultural pathways that fall under the broadest definition of faith, and collects narratives that reflect faith's human artistry:
  • Faith is stitched into storytelling and personal narratives. Meet one storyteller, Terri Haag, who also is Pima Library Foundation's Director of Development. Read about Terri and the upcoming collaboration on October 12 and 13 with Pima Library Foundation to bring a celebration of local storytelling to Old Town Artisans during Tucson Meet Yourself.
  • Always absorbing is the illustration involving faith in country. Who else but military and their families best understand the need for spiritual balance and warrior spirit in behalf of country? Meet several members of the Tucson Meet Yourself community who share family recollections about military service. 
  • This month we welcomed the appearance of "Queen of the Night," the Peniocereus greggii or night-blooming cereus cactus which transformed into the Queen several weeks ago. The folklore that surrounds the Queen involves faith and family. An excerpt of this folklore as told by Tohono Chul Park (where the largest public collection of the beautiful Sonora queen resides) is here.   
  • One material expression of faith and prayer involves the traditional art of iconography, and we introduce you to its practice by one Benedictine nun here in Tucson, Sister M. Carmela Rall.   
  • We honor the observance of Ramadan this month, and illustrate one art that encases elements of faith: Ebru. Learn more about symbolic meanings in the practice of Ebru by two Tucson Meet Yourself tradition-bearers.  
The monsoons that cloaked Sonora these past weeks themselves inspire a reaffirmation of faith. What is it about faith that you think about this season? May faith always be part of the cultural connective tissue that adds substance to your life experience.


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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