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Edmund Wilson Art, music, cooking, crafts, and other images describe who a people and region are

Music of the Southwest a tribute to the many performers, volunteers, and organizers of the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival. It is dedicated especially to its founder, Dr. James S. Griffith, without whom none of these unique resources would be available to us and the generations that follow.

Old Pascua Photographs, circa 1938. These images are part of The University of Arizona Southwest Studies Center's collection of photographs taken at Old Pascua in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Southern Arizona Folkarts "The folk arts ... are created within smaller communities and, in one way or another, serve the purposes of those communities. They tend to be conservative; that is, their tradition exerts a strong pull on the artists, who tend to create within certain well-understood boundaries. Folk arts tend to reflect the specific aesthetic standards of the community within which they are created. Finally, folk artists learn their skills within their communities, by means that are sanctioned by that particular community for the learning of that particular art form."

U.S. National Gallery of Art, Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design "During the early history of the southwestern United States, a folk art developed that was dependent on two major sources: Old World Spanish tradition and native Indian sensibilities. The areas that comprised what can be called the "Spanish Southwest" were California and New Mexico. By 1610, Santa Fe, New Mexico, was the capital of an area that encompassed most of the southwest region other than California. It was not until the middle of the eighteenth century, however, that Spain took decisive action in occupying the area that is now California. There are three broad historical periods related to the Spanish Southwest: the Spanish period until Mexican Independence in 1821; the period of the Mexican Republic from 1823 to 1846; and the American period beginning in 1848 when Mexico ceded these territories to the United States."