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Members of Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan perform a dance
Members of Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan perform a dance from the Northern state of Tamaulipas at Estrella Mountain Park, May 16, 1999. Photo: Felix Borundra.
Part of the documentation in Arizona's Local Legacies projects.


The American Folklife Center contains rich and varied material from Arizona that documents the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Among the Center's recordings are cylinders of Hopi music dating from the early 1890s, collected by Jesse Walter Fewkes. Also included are recordings of the Blessingway, Enemyway, and other rites of the Navajo, as well as traditional songs of the Hopi, Quechuan, Tohono O'odham, and Yaqui people. The Center's Arizona collections also include unique recordings of miners' songs, fiddle tunes, cowboy music and stories, and Mormon music and narrative.


Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Arizona collections.

Local Legacies Collection: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View a list of Arizona's Local Legacies projects.

Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.

Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Concert Webcast

Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers. Dances and songs of the Navajo Nation. Recorded at the Library of Congress, November 16, 2005. [webcast and flyer] [catalog record]

Additional Resources

Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Arizona from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.

Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.

Heritage Project: The Arizona Heritage Project in cooperation with Arizona arts organizations, Sharlot Hall Museum Prescott, Arizona. The Arizona Heritage Project connects schools to communities by helping students research, interpret, and share their region’s rich cultural heritage. See related article: "Arizona Heritage Project Investigates Community Folklife, History, and Culture," in Folklife Center News, Fall 2004 (pg. 8-10). [PDF: 1.9 MB / 16 p.]

Published Recording: Folk Music of the United States: Navajo (L41). Recorded 1940-1952, by Willard Rhodes. [audiocassette]

Print Publications:

"Accommodation and Renewal: Catholic Architecture of Tohono O'odham Nation," Folklife Annual 90 [catalog record]

The Federal Cylinder Project: A Guide to Field Recordings in Federal Agencies, Volume 5: California, Middle and South American and Southwestern Catalog [catalog record]

Arizona Folklife Survey, Compiled by Peter Bartis and Mary Hufford (Washington, DC, 1979) [catalog record]


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