"Saints of the Southwest" provides an intimate look at thirty-one of the most revered saints of the Southwest, photographed in both the holiest and most humble of places: an archbishop's private chapel, a roadside shrine, a church of miracles, the wall of a video store, a jail cell.
Internationally recognized folklorist Jim Griffith, former director of the Southwest Folklore Center at the University of Arizona, has studied traditional folkways and religious expression throughout the American Southwest for more than four decades. He offers a brief biography of each saint and describes why each is particularly significant to the faithful of this diverse region. Learn why distraught mothers stop to pray for their wayward children at a shrine to Santa Rita along southern Arizona's Santa Cruz River, and why pilgrims to the Holy Child of Atocha shrine at Chimayo in northern New Mexico often leave behind tiny pairs of shoes. Saints of the Southwest will touch the hearts all seekers who find personal inspiration and affirmation in the greater Southwest.
Photographs by Jim Griffith and W. Ross Humphreys accompany illustrations from devotional memorabilia and indigenous Southwestern folk art.