Introducing FACES OF THE FESTIVAL, a project chronicling the diversity of faces, ages and cultures at our annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival. Who are you? What is your story? We photographed and interviewed festival participants and audiences this year. We’re so excited to introduce you to one another here.


The study and documentation of folklife involves the accurate representation of people's viewpoints in their own terms. Quotes and opinions expressed in interviews do not necessarily reflect the sentiments and opinions of Tucson Meet Yourself, the Southwest Folklife Alliance, or any specific person or entity at the University of Arizona.

Andi: Growing Farmer

When I first came to Tucson almost four years ago I started harvesting for the Breckenfeld Family south of town, on Valencia. A good family. They have taken me under their wing and helped me grow to be the farmer that I hope to become and grow to be myself. I’m farming on their land. […]

Nelda: Home Cooking

Today we’re going to be doing a cooking demonstration here at the festival, Tucson Meet Yourself. The dish we’re going to be cooking is ejotes and nopales en chile colorado which is a traditional dish that my great grandmother used to make me. They used to grow their own chiles and their own ejotes, green […]

Liang: Showing Culture

I think this is a very open community to me. I started learning traditional Chinese dance at 5 years old. I’ve been practicing for more than 10 years and I just moved here and I want to continue it. I want to show my culture to other people. Life is beautiful. Dance is part of […]