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Meanwhile, back in Arizona....

Steve and I are out here to visit Steve's niece (who is a month older than he is) and her family. He still had a huge amount of family heirlooms to bring to them, so we drove out Friday.

If it weren't for how batshit insane the anti-latino sentiment is out here, I'd consider this as a possible state to live in. The roads are better, the sun is brilliant, and there are some good used bookstores. I like how the overpasses all have Kokopelli and petroglyph symbols on them. I like the rocks and the cacti. But the racism just makes the place a no-go.

We're currently ensconced in a hotel in east Mesa. We were downtown, but the clientele there were noisy, running back and forth upstairs all night, and at 5 a.m. someone fired up a motorcycle whose engine was so loud that it actually rattled the window of our room. They continued to rev the mufflerless engine for about an hour. Not a lot of sleep was had last night.

So we're in a better one that we stayed in on our way to Texas this past summer. It's clean, bright and new, but there are dairies nearby and I smell cows.

Steve really, really, really misses the cats, and I think that's cute.


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Dec. 11th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd skip AZ as a place to reside. NM would be far better as far as culture and Latino issues go.

However, David and I fell in love with a hotel in Flagstaff when we took our trip through AZ to Vegas. I'd never seen the Painted Desert or the Grand Canyon and we want to go back to the Grand Canyon and tour the North Rim one day but guh... the Jan Brewer and the racist crap is discouraging. It's not like we carry citizenship papers around, ;). And um, hello, our ancestors were in NM before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

I hate racism with a passion.

Otherwise, AZ is a pretty nice state.
Dec. 12th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
I started reading about the amount of syncretic religion in Tucscon and south of it where the Tohono O'odham have merged their religion with Spanish Catholicism. In the town of Guadalupe at Holy Week there is the Deer Dance, for instance, where a man wearing a belt of deer hooves and a headdress of deer antlers attacks the forces of evil outside the church as children dressed as angels surround him. There is the shrine of El Tiradito, and the statue of St. Xavier whose head cannot be raised by liars. I really, really want to explore more. I'm lightskin, so it's a lot eaiser on me; people think I'm a Jew, not a Latino.
Dec. 12th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
That's a lot like here. I've only been to Taos Pueblo once, but their church has Mary as a central figure. It was one way their religion melded with Spanish Catholicism here. Most of the pueblos have retained much of their religious traditions and have combined it with the Catholicism. It's really wonderful. One of these Christmases, I'd like to attend some of the dances. The Pueblos have taken the Spanish Matachine's (which originated as the Cristianos y Mooros dances) and made them their own as well.

I really don't know a lot about Az. It's sad, I've always seen it as the state between NM and California. ;)

Most people are surprised to learn that David is Hispanic (being a New Mexican, Hispanic is used used more than Latino) on both sides. No one thinks our people come with red hair, blue eyes and fair skin. My mom's a red-head as well.
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