We look at the supernatural folklore and mythology of the Borderlands area along the Mexican-U.S. boundary in this episode. We talk to author, professor, and story collector David Bowles about his experiences growing up there, the legends that permeate the culture in that region, and we share one of the stories from his collections.
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Producers for this show: Heather, Achija of Spellbound Bookbinding, WisdomQueen, Regina, Jen Rue of Rue & Hyssop, Little Wren, Khristopher, Tanner, Jody, Amy (the First), Amy (the Second), Johnathan at the ModernSouthernPolytheist, Catherine, Montine, Josette, Carole, Cynara at The Auburn Skye, Moma Sarah at ConjuredCardea,The Trinket Witch, Victoria 1, Victoria 2, Sherry, & AthenaBeth. (if we missed you this episode, we’ll make sure you’re in the next one!). Big thanks to everyone supporting us!
Please check out David Bowles’ website, where you can find out more about him and the (many, many) projects he’s working on. We’d also recommend picking up a few of his books, such as:
- Clockwork Curandera (forthcoming graphic novel)
- The Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico
- The Smoking Mirror (Garza Twins, part I – a Pura Belpre Prize winning book)
- Border Lore: Folktales and Legends of South Texas (where the story in this episode, “The Witch Owl” comes from)
- Ghosts of the Rio Grande Valley
If you’re interested in knowing more about the history of migration and the borderlands in the United States, check out BackStory’s episode on the topic.
You may also be interested in some of our previous articles and episodes on the magic and lore of the Borderlands region:
- Blog Post 134: Brujeria and Curanderismo: A (Very Brief) Overview
- Blog Post 135: The Magical Catholic
- Blog Post 137: Curandero Spells, Part I
- Blog Post 138: Curandero Spells, Part II
- Blog Post 176: Summer Saints, Part III (Folk Saints)
- Episode 63: The Dark Mother
- Episode 66: Sacred Artistry with Bri Saussy
- Episode 82: Shapeshifting
- Episode 93: Bright Mothers
- Episode 96: Curanderismo with Cheo Torres
Finally, we highly recommend reading Gloria Anzaldua’s “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” which can be found in her book, Borderlands/La Frontera.
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Promos & Music
Incidental music is “Were-Owl,” by S.J. Tucker, used with permission. Additional incidental music includes “Sedativa V,” by DR (FreeMusicArchive); “La Gitane,” by Eric Kamen (Magnatune); and “Soul’s Journey,” by Viviana Guzman (Magnatune).