Understandably, Arizona’s own stories are woven with not only those of its indigenous people but also contemporary and traditional folklore of a vast, eclectic population.
“Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares,” the month-old exhibition at the Heard Museum, is the marriage of modern and the long-established through 60 visually diverse, animated paintings depicting tales from Mexico and Latin America. The majority originated during the post-European era but have a clear Native influence.
Those interested in hearing a tale or two are in luck, with two Saturday readings by community leaders. Kathy "Crafy Chica" Cano-Murrillo reads First Tortilla on Saturday, November 16. Michelle Ivette Ponce, executive director of downtown’s 1Spot Gallery, reads The Bossy Gallito on Saturday, November 23.
The exhibition is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, November 14, at 2301 North Central Avenue. Admission is $18 for adults. Visit www.heard.org or call 602-252-8840.