Teaching Resources

Words & Places

Natives sitting on rock surfaceThrough a unique blend of imagery and sound, this website captures the complex oral traditions of Native American communities in the American Southwest. Songs are sung and stories told within the landscapes which inspired them. The tapes explore a world in which words and place possess symbolic and time-honored significance.

Arizona Illustrated Segments Featuring Dr. James "Big Jim" Griffith

Roadside Crosses
Roadside crosses in Sonora 
1857 Crabbs expedition's

Defining the Southwest

Definitions alter over time, between people, and beyond borders. Landmasses change as physical and human forces exert pressure upon them. And a region is carved, molded, and defined by people in historical relation to it. In Defining the Southwest , we gather multiple visions of what the Southwest might entail. To quote Reed Way Dasenbrook, "What is the Southwest? For whom is it the Southwest? What is the Southwest southwest of?"

About the Defining the Southwest website

In the Steps of Esteban

Founded by homesteaders, cowboys, and soldiers, Tucson's African American community has a long and proud history that has contributed much to Tucson's rich heritage. These pioneers built neighborhoods, established churches and businesses, and fought to end discrimination and prejudice. Their descendants are leaders today in business, education, government and the arts.