Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013
La Santa Muerte ˆ Mexican Folk Saint Personifying Death
A relatively new and controversial folk saint has emerged in the Americas ˆ La Santa Muerte (Saint Death or Most Holy Death,) a syncretic version of the European grim reaper influenced by Meso-American views on death and folk religion. Most media accounts of Santa Muerte focus on the faith practices of traffickers and murderers, but in reality her devotees include millions of people not involved in the drug trade. They see her as an efficient miracle worker and healer in their lives.
Posted on Thu Sep 6, 2018
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Posted on Thu Mar 22, 2018
In February 2018, Texas Folklife hosted a discussion at Larry’s French Market & Cajun Restaurant about how the organization can support efforts of the community to encourage youth participation in Cajun traditional music. The community discussion touched on three main topics: the reasons behind decline in youth participation in Cajun music in Southeast Texas;
Posted on Tue Mar 22, 2016
Posted on Mon May 19, 2014
This post is long overdue, but it's important that I get something down while the events are still somewhat fresh in my mind. I try to travel to New Orleans at least once a year, both for the pure fun and enjoyment the city provides, but also to stay in touch with people and communities I have worked with over the years.
Posted on Thu Nov 1, 2012
The Southmost area of Brownsville, the southernmost populated tip of Texas along the banks of the Rio Grande, holds a tight-knit community of immigrant families whose cultural heritage is expressed daily in their traditions, celebrations, music, gardening, religion, lifestyle, and most importantly, food. Along a strip of Southmost Road, locally known as “Taco Boulevard,” lies more than 20 locally-owned taquerias along the main artery of the neighborhood. Containing rich photographs by Chuy Benitez, the Taquerías of Southmost photography exhibit provides an entrance into the rich cultural traditions of an often closed and discriminated population.
Posted on Tue Aug 31, 2010
Texas Folklife Kicks off its State-Wide Food Traditions Survey Exploring South Texas Taquerias