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Tucson Meet Yourself Festival
October 12 @ 11:00 am - October 14 @ 10:00 pm
Tucson Meet Yourself is a folklife festival. We focus on presenting artists and communities that carry on living traditions rooted in a group’s own definition of identity, artistry, and cultural significance.
What is “folklife” and “folklore”? Folklife is the informal, familiar, common side of human experience not contained in the formal records of culture (often found in museums and universities). The study of folklore includes language, music, dance, games, myths, customs, handicrafts, architecture, food preparation, jokes and humor, and almost anything else that people say, make or do on their own, informally.
How do you define “traditional”? By traditional we mean practices and customs “transmitted” over time from people to people. We don’t mean “unchanged” or even necessarily “old.”
Who are the “folk” and “ethnic: communities? Any group of people (cowboys, Mormons, Mexicans, African-Americans, Yaquis, O’odham, gays and lesbians, the deaf, bikers, martial art students, low rider car owners, and more) tied together by some common interest and meaningful system of communication that makes sense to them (language, cooking, clothing/costume, decoration, dance, etc.)