Arizona Historical Society Celebrates Day of the Dead in New Exhibit

Day of the Dead

The Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that can be traced back hundreds of years. It brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed away. Taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, this holiday is marked with rich and artistic traditions…

The Story Behind Salome’s Fighting Frogs

Salome Frog Mascot

SALOME — The Salome High School teams are probably the only athletes in the country nicknamed the Fighting Frogs. It’s a tribute to a legendary frog that never learned how to swim. The non-aquatic amphibian was the brainchild of Dick Wick Hall, a humorist and country philosopher…

Arizona Prospector Seeks Scientific Proof of Soul

Lights of the Soul

PHOENIX — The Great Soul Trial of 1967 had nothing to do with tryouts for a gospel singing group. Instead, it was a legal attempt to prove the existence of a human soul. And, not surprisingly, there was a lot of money involved. In 1949, 70-year-old James Kidd, a prospector, disappeared into the wilderness of […]

Catholic Church Modeled After Navajo Hogan

Navajo statue inside church. Photo Credit: Sam Lowe

CHINLE — Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church here sits near Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Reservation, so it’s entirely logical that it would be built in the shape of a Navajo hogan. Although substantially larger than the traditional Navajo dwellings, the building is six-sided and the entrance faces east, just like its smaller […]

4 (Somewhat) Hidden Gems in the Scottsdale Area

Bells on display at Cosanti. Courtesy of Scottsdale Leadership.

Scottsdale hotspots extend far beyond shopping destinations, resorts, golf and spas. Here, we’re highlighting several special, lesser-known attractions that deserve some recognition.