April 23: Moorish Legacies in the American SW/NW Mexico

04/23/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM GMT-07:00
  • $15.00  -  Borderlands Forum BCA Member
  • $20.00  -  Borderlands Forum Nonmember
The Borderlands Forum seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of the Borderlands as a cross-cultural, bi-national resource.

The  purpose of this class is to identify certain elements of the Islamic period of Medieval Spain (711-1492) within the context of colonial experience in northern New Spain (1521-1821). These elements are multiple Iberian-Moorish legacies and are identified in an overview of multiple aspects of  colonial frontier social, political, military, and economic life. This is a regional comparison designed to acknowledge the earlier Islamic Iberian origins of aspects that ran its cultural currents into the north of colonial New Spain. Although this is not an exhaustive discussion of the medieval Moorish cultural undercurrent that made its way to the colonial northern frontier of New Spain, present day Northern Mexico and the American Southwest, key vestigial examples will be discussed.

April 27, 2018 Mezcales of Sonora

04/27/2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Mark your calendars for this fascinating presentation on the the regional spirits of our neighboring state of Sonora: Bacanora and Lechugilla. Sonora's Bacanora has a D.O. or Denomination of Origin designation, just like the blue agave Tequila of the Mexican state of Jalisco or Champagne in France. Bill Steen is the director of the non profit Canelo Project and author and photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times as well as locally in Edible Baja Arizona.
Suggested Donation $ 10

May 10, 2018 Videography in the Borderlands

05/10/2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Mike Foster produces educational travelogue videos for environmental NGOs and National Parks in the Arizona and Mexico. Mike will be showing his recent work about the beliefs of today's indigenous cultures. He will be revealing how he makes his video journals including, accessing remote areas, interacting with indigenous cultures and telling interesting stories. These videos are similar to but more intimate than desert shows seen on PBS. Come and learn about the flora, fauna and people of this region as well as producing videos about them. The passion of Mike's adventures will clearly come through in this engaging presentation. Suggested Donation $10

May 16, 2018 Chiltepines: Sonora's Wild Chile

05/16/2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
  • Free
Did you know that Tumacacori, AZ is home to the only federally protected Wild Chile Botanical Area in the entire United States? In fact, one potential translation for Tumacacori in the Tohono O'odham language is 'place where the wild chiles grow' ?
Learn this and more during this special presentation on one of the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands' regional gastronomic heavyweights, the chiltepin! Discover its history, uses, and meaning for Sonorans and residents of Southern Arizona alike!
Suggested Donation $10
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