Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In   |   Join AFS
AFS Review: News

Southwest Folklife Alliance Continues Its Work on End of Life Cultural Project

Tuesday, June 21, 2016   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
Share |

The Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA), a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Arizona, is continuing its work on the “Continuum: End of Life Cultural Project.” According to the SFA website (

The Southwest Folklife Alliance’s Continuum project shares cultural knowledge about traditions, expressions, and practices associated with end of life, grief, mourning and death in Southern Arizona’s folk, ethnic, occupational, faith-based and alternative communities.

In 2014 the project engaged “Citizen Folklorists” in ethnographic fieldwork to map and document local traditions associated with death and dying. It published a Journal including interviews, photos, and citizen reports of place-based death-related traditions, as well as a listing of national and community resources, to support the continuing conversation about the end of life among community members, health practitioners, scholars and the public at large.

Download Continuum Journal, May 2015
Download Continuum Resources Listing and Workbook, May 2015

To learn more, request a print copy of the Continuum Journal, or to be included in future Continuum meetings, publications & listings, email us at or call the office at (520) 621-4046.

Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund held at Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Awards 2015 Multi-Cultural EOL Continuum Grant

The Southwest Folklife Alliance has received a second grant from the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, to build upon its Continuum program – a multidisciplinary resource of cultural knowledge in support of families, health care workers, institutions and community groups involved in grieving and end-of-life issues.

The 2015 grant continues the work of a 2014 grant, used to document rituals, stories, and ethnic traditions, organize public events and produce media that share the practices of southern Arizona’s diverse ethnic, folk and alternative communities. This new grant allows ongoing community access to the information via the SFA Continuum program, as well as new gatherings and media to be introduced in 2016. To receive updates, email SFA Continuum at


Janet L. Langlois says...
Posted Sunday, June 26, 2016
I look forward to reading Continuum journal and workbook. I'm a Michigan folklorist recently retired from Wayne State University in Detroit. I've been working on an ethnographic project, "Other Worlds: The Return of the Dead and Other Mystical Experiences in Health-Related Contexts," specifically in crisis, at end-of-life and in bereavement, so more narrowly focused than your project. Online article link attached: Thanks, Janet Langlois

Career Center
| Open Forums
| Online Store
| Renew
| Member Search
| Donate

American Folklore SocietySister Society: SIEF
Classroom-Office Building, Indiana University, 800 East Third Street, Bloomington IN 47405 USA

Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal