Welcome to the Griffith Archives

Here you will find a variety of stories documenting the rich, home-grown, vernacular culture of the Arizona-Sonora desert and borderlands region. The music, dances, foods, traditions, adornment, rituals, jokes, manual and occupational arts that make these desert lands unique and beloved. As “Big Jim” (for whom this archive is named) has said: this is a “big land filled with small details.” We invite you to browse through the different stories and topics and honor, with us, the people whose inventive ways and ordinary … More...

“Big Jim” Griffith

For more than four decades, Jim Griffith has been devoted to celebrating and honoring the folkways and religious … More...

Loma Griffith: The Ultimate Volunteer

What do you remember about the first Tucson Meet Yourself Festival? LG: [Laughs] You know I don’t remember much … [Read More...]