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Cloaked in Culture

Wearing stories on our skin, in our cars and along our streets


Streets are where popular culture glitches and connects, deepens and reveals its artifacts and meaning. Tradition pours forth on the streets of our neighborhoods, reminding us that community is where we'll find the home of all connection.

 

While much is lost along some streets made dangerous through urban blight or alienation....more likely, streets are where commonplace wonders bring popular cultural alive. This BorderLore is a conglomeration of some familiar aspects that bring us pure joy: 

 

  • Artist Melo Dominguez explores how street murals provide insights into cross-cultural storytelling, probing issues of politics, self-expression, religion, and family all positioned within broader collective of public art, here. Dr. Maribel Alvarez brings the story about one South Tucson mostly-monochromatic mural, whose main representational element is the tattoo, even closer, here.
  • Angel G. Valencia, Car Show Coordinator for the Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts, personalizes the archaeology of cars as expressive culture, with context from a 2010 TMY magazine writing by Dr. Celestino Fernandez, here.  
  • Body painting as indelible cultural identity is a symbolically personal and multivalent vehicle for politics, spiritual exploration and social position. The Mehndi tradition of body art, demonstrated for more than two decades at Tucson Meet Yourself, was a story told in 2012 Tucson Meet Yourself magazine, and part of that story about community tradition is recounted here.  
  • The printed medium and the art of newsgathering were elements of street communication for centuries - but do we face the possible extinction of newspapers as digital surpasses print? There is a place for both, as Tubac Presidio volunteer and printer James Pagels reminds of our territorial days here.  
  •  Chalk artistry is an example of street-life enhancement. Its impermanence adds to its meaning, as this interview with local chalk artists suggests here.   
  • News: Follow up photos from our April 5 Polkas and Bread event, and news about the upcoming Tortilla Festival at Presidio and the Loft screening of the Who is Dayani Cristal film, are here. Tidbits culled from across the active national folklife community are here
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These cultural fragments help us reflect on colorful and accessible traditions, and evoke the reassurance that material culture brings to our lives. They piece together an intriguing portrait of meaningful connections in a diversified world.


2014, Tucson Meet Yourself. All rights reserved. BorderLore is the monthly 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) that residents of these often-conflicted border lands produce and share.  


Editor: Dr. Maribel Alvarez
Managing Editor:  Monica Surfaro-Spigelman 

 

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