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
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.
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]
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]
"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]