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 by means 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 synthetic divide, regardless of expanding stumbling blocks to unfastened stream. On each side is located a posh cultural mixture of ethnic, spiritual, and occupational teams. In A Shared area James Griffith examines the various particular people expressions of this diverse cultural sector.
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I was unable to visit either of these ofrendas so cannot say whether they were erected. Members of this same intellectual community, many of whom are also involved in one way or another with radical politics, are perpetuating yet another mainstream Day of the Dead custom-the political calaveras with their cartoons and satirical verses. The calaveras I saw in Nogales, Sonora, in 1984 were accusatory rather than satirical and were directed at corrupt politicians, brutal police, and similar institutional targets.
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A Shared Space: Folklife in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands by James Griffith