La Otra Arizona
A series of articles exploring the Other Arizona that exists beyond the headlines of racist legislation and bigotry, missives from travels through the territory of the Sonoran Strange. Published by Northern Arizona-based arts and culture monthly The Noise.
It’s the proverbial gila monster in the room––that thing that everyone knows but nobody wants to talk about. The uncomfortable fact, in plain view: in our lifetime we will see vast water shortages in Arizona. The water is running out. But when exactly will sand flow from the faucet? Nobody can be sure, and many[…] See more ⇒
In the Sonoran Desert, no calendar is needed to know that May has turned to June, and that we face a long dry stretch before we can count on tasting the delicious monsoon rains. Across central and southern Arizona the season is marked by the blooming of the saguaro cactus, the plants covered with thousands[…] See more ⇒
Part four of La Otra Arizona series. This month the Supreme Court is expected to take on Arizona’s SB1070, the now-infamous immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer in 2010. As with any Supreme Court case, SB1070 has traveled a long road of litigation to get to this point: decisions by lower courts,[…] See more ⇒
Are you a native Arizonan? Were your grandparents natives? As centennial celebrations continue in Arizona, this word keeps coming up––native––but not in the way that one would expect. Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us that in Arizona, the word native is more frequently used to describe people born here, rather than people who have indigenous roots[…] See more ⇒
As celebrations ensue for Arizona’s anniversary of statehood, it is fitting to remind ourselves that it is a centennial––as in, one hundred years young. As a legal entity fully entered into the United States, Arizona is just a generation and a half old. And besides, the vast majority of people who call themselves Arizonans today[…] See more ⇒