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Re: “The Southwest and Mexico, Illuminated

I first met Alejandra Platt while photographing a Guarijio ceremony in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. It was inspiring to see another photographer working in the rugged and dangerous region of the Rio Guajaray in northwest Sonora. I learned Ms. Platt was working on her first book, “In the Name of God,” an ambitious 7 year long project to document indigenous people off the tourist grid throughout Mexico. Viewing Ms. Platt’s black and white images several years later, I was struck by the fact she had illuminated the lives of the people, cultures, and traditions most Americans and Mexicans have never seen or heard of.

Ms. Platt's “In the Name of God” is reminiscent of the compelling work of Swiss photographer Gertrude Duby-Blom. During the 1940s, “La Reina de la Selva” documented the Lacandon Maya in the burning jungles of Chiapas. Blom’s remarkable work to save the Lacandon Maya was later published in her book, “Bearing Witness.” Like Gertrude Duby-Blom, Alejandra Platt-Torres deserves recognition and support for her valiant efforts to shine light on the vanishing people and traditions of Mexico.

John Annerino, Photographer Author

Posted by John Annerino on 08/08/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “A Big Honor for Big Jim

Kudos to James S. “Big Jim” Griffith for enlightening so many.
Students, scholars, Baja Arizonans, and Sonorenses should include on their book shelves:

• Beliefs and Holy Places: A Spiritual Geography of the Pimería Alta by James S. Griffith, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1992. The celebrated folklorist breathes life into traditional Spanish, Mexican, Tohono O’odham, and Yoeme spiritual beliefs, sacred spirits and shrines, and holy mountains of southwest Arizona and northwestern Sonora.

• Folk Saints of the Borderlands: Victims, Bandits, and Healers by James S. Griffith, Tucson: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2003. The living legend “Big Jim” pulls back the shroud on folk saint “Juan Soldado,” (Juan Castillo Morales), an inspiration for migrants; bandit Jesús Malverde, “angel to the poor” and Robin Hood of Sinaloa; revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa (José Doroteo Arango Arámbula), ambushed by seven gunmen in the streets of Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua; and, among others, mystic healer and soldadera Teresa Urrea, insurgent leader and heroine of the Tarahumara (rarámuri) battle against federales in the Sierra Madre of Tomóchic, Chihuahua

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Posted by John Annerino on 07/28/2011 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Tour Brochure?

Students, scholars and other Cimarron Sea wayfarers should include on their book shelves:
•The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck and E.F. Ricketts, New York: Penguin, 1941, a perennial favorite read of mine. The literary giant was the first to sound the alarm of industrial fishing in the Sea of Cortez during his coastal hugging cruise with biologist Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to the Upper Gulf.
•Tales from Tiburon: An Anthology of Adventures in Seriland, Neil B. Carmony and David E. Brown, eds. Phoenix: Southwest Natural History Association, 1983, another perennial favorite. Seasoned editors of the Southwest, Carmony and Brown present an intriguing anthology of Tiburon Island’s adventures, disasters, and ethnology.
•People of the Desert and the Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians by Richard Stephen Felger and Mary Beck Moser, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1985, is the go-to, must have reference of the Comcáac, (Seri people), their arts, language, traditions, and the biogeography of the Sea of Cortez and the sear reaches of the midriff islands and the gulf coast desert.
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Posted by John Annerino on 03/09/2011 at 5:13 PM

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