Griffith, James "Big Jim"
This interview is part 1 of 2 and was recorded at Jim Griffith’s house in Tucson, Arizona on November 27th, 2015. It was originally recorded for the podcast Tucsonense and covers the following themes:
Childhood in Southern California, college at Williams and, in 1956, the University of Arizona. Interest in Archaeology, cultural anthropology, and folklore.
First impressions of Tucson and the Yaqui Easter ceremony.
Graduate studies and shift in interest towards folklore. Low status of the Southwest and art in academic archaeology/anthropology circles in the 1950s.
Storytelling, Mexico, jokes, and folklore.
This interview is part 2 of 2 and was recorded at Jim Griffith’s house in Tucson, Arizona on October 16th, 2016. It was originally recorded for the podcast Tucsonense and covers the following themes:
Public folklore and academic folklore.
Tucson Meet Yourself.
Personal faith and the importance of art.