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  • Posted on Tue Nov 19, 2013
      Stories from Deep in the Heart is our award-winning youth radio program that teaches high school students and teachers how to document their family and community traditions through audio documentaries.  Audio pieces from this program are also available to public radio stations via our Public Radio Exchange channel.
  • Posted on Wed Jun 18, 2014
    On October 2, 2010, Texas Folklifeand the Border Studies Club of South Texas College, Mid-Valley Campus, hosted a bi-national convening to examine the history and current state of Tejano Conjunto and Norteño music with an engaged group of musicians, scholars, cultural workers, media professionals and the public from both sides of the border.  The convening which was free and open to the...
  • Posted on Tue Apr 8, 2014
    This weekend I had the privilege to participate in a special project near Marshall, Texas - the effort to maintain an old slave and African-American burial ground, Love Cemetery.  Brought to national attention through a book and an ongoing documentary by Texan, now California-based, China Galland, the the "keepers of Love" continue to struggle to gain access to the grounds for visits and...
  • Posted on Wed Jan 29, 2014
    Lunch at Odessa's Barn Door Steakhouse means business. According to the restaurant's website, "The 'Legendary Barndoor' is a meeting place where many business deals are done. Someone said the other day we can always tell how well the oil and gas business is by the business at the Barndoor" (www.odessabarndoor.com). When I pulled into the parking lot shortly before 12noon, I was stunned to...
  • Posted on Tue Jan 28, 2014
    Today I ventured to Ben’s Little Mexico “Legendary Mexican Cuisine”, a family-run restaurant that first opened its doors in 1947.  I could tell the complimentary red salsa served with tortilla chips was made with fresh peppers, and its soupy character was matched with a nice bold, zesty taste.   I ordered three beef enchiladas with “ccq sauce”. Because it was not immediately...
  • Posted on Tue Jan 28, 2014
    Ever tried a Chihuahua Sandwhich?  On day 1 of my trip to the Odessa/Midland region I came across this interesting family culinary creation.  Midland's Big Sky drive-in movie theater is one of three family-owned drive-in theaters in West Texas that is home to the Chihuahua Sandwhich.  Invented by Ed Noret in the 1950's, the Big Sky version of this unique drive-in treat...
  • Posted on Fri Dec 13, 2013
    Ever seen a ghost? What about a town full of Swedish ghosts in the Rio Grande Valley? After seeing a photo my neighbor posted online today, I uncovered a tradition and even deeper history of the Swedish influence on Texas. My neighbor is a native Texan whose great-grandfather emigrated to the United States from Sweden. Today, December 13, happens to be the Swedish Catholic holiday of St. Lucia...
  • Posted on Thu Nov 7, 2013
    It seems like one of the easiest words in Texas to use as a pun is wurst. My head was full of clever puns after attending Wurstfest in New Braunfels last weekend. A two-week celebration of the German influence on Texas culture through food and music is what this 50 year old festival is all about. As always, my reason for going was to hear some of the best German & Czech bands from around the...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013
    Elements of an altar to La Santa Muerte Our presentation at BookWoman inspired us to build a mini altar to the Santa Muerte as demonstration.  We got most of our information from Andrew Chesnut's book, "Devoted to Death," and from a documentary by Mexican filmmaker Eva Aridjis.   Here's a list of items that are typically seen in a Santa Muerte altar, and pictures of our version at...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013
    Last weekend I attended the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette for the first time. Blackpot is a music and food festival celebrating the culture of Southern Louisiana's Acadiana Region. There is a wide range of musical styles and a variety of foods, each being prepared in - you guessed it: black pots. One of the things I found interesting was the similarities between this region and the Gulf Coast...

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