Arizona-Sonora Borderlands, Palimpsest of Cultures

This project brings K-12 educators to the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands for one week in summer 2022 to study the history, arts, environments, and plurality of cultures of the region within the contexts of past habitation and present conditions of tri-national (U.S., Mexico, Native Nations) coexistence. We pose the framing question: how do place, space, and identity intermingle in this region’s millennia of layered written, oral, aural, and visual cultures and histories to construct its futures? Given current conversations about the nature of the US-Mexico border and global migration more generally, the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands present a compelling and real-time learning-lab in layered histories, cultures, arts, ecologies, and current events of the region.