By James Griffith
The place it divides Arizona and Sonora, the foreign boundary among Mexico and the USA is either a political truth, actually expressed via a fence, and, to a substantial measure, a cultural phantasm. Mexican, Anglo, and local American cultures straddle the fence; humans of varied ethnic backgrounds stream backward and forward around the man made divide, regardless of expanding stumbling blocks to loose circulation. On both sides is located a fancy cultural mixture of ethnic, spiritual, and occupational teams. In A Shared house James Griffith examines a few of the distinct people expressions of this diverse cultural sector.
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These may be quite simple or extremely elaborate. Perhaps the most striking are the free-standing copies of church facades whose towers can soar up to seven or eight feet in the air. The statue inside the nicho usually represents some saint or member of the Holy Family to whom the deceased had a special devotion. Sometimes the statue had actually belonged to the person who now lies in the grave. The dead person's rosary is often enclosed in the nicho or looped over the top of the monument. Permanent decorations on the graves are not restricted to the markers.
44 A Shared Space The Customers Although Jesus Leon always maintained that all sorts of people bought his picture frames at all times of the year, it appears to me that most frames are traditionally sold at fiesta time, and to a certain sort of customer. " When asked why they bought the frames, he said that it was because they liked the bright colors. Tohono O'odham and other Piman-speakers once occupied much of what is now northwest Sonora. Few of the present-day occupants of northern Sonora retain Indian identity and culture.
Army, features a realistic-looking pair of free-standing, sculpted cowboy boots. Wrought-iron crosses and fences are in great evidence in Nogales, Arizona. Most are in the same baroque style as those of Nogales, Sonora. An occasional piece, however, suggests that additional, more modern models were and are available to customers and craftsmen in Arizona. The intensity and general flavor of All Souls' Day as celebrated in Nogales, Arizona, is different from the scene in Sonora. Professional florists prepare and sell coronas of plastic flowers, just as the florists do in Sonora.
A Shared Space: Folklife in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands by James Griffith