An Apache woven water vessel
The Arizona Historical Society has literally hundreds of thousands of artifacts in its collection, and a big anniversary to mark. The organization turns 150 years old in 2014.
To celebrate the occasion, AHS decided to showcase a carefully selected group of 150 artifacts, turning to its staff and volunteers to suggest items that speak to various aspects of Arizona’s history. And it turned to Daniel Buckley to photograph each item for a publication to be issued later this year.
Buckley has worked with AHS on a number of projects in the past, ranging from documenting the visit of a broadsheet original copy of the Declaration of Independence, to a piece on the history of Geronimo, a film on centennial quilt makers, and a documentary on the history of Yuma, Arizona. In addition AHS has been a collaborative partner in Buckley’s Cine Plaza at the Fox documentary series.
While he photographed all of the 100 quilts for AHS’ centennial celebration, this was the first strictly photographic project that Buckley has done for AHS, and there were significant challenges. The items ranged in size from a WW II training aircraft, a locomotive and a logging truck to the wedding bend that belonged to Wyatt Earp and the tiny beads of a necklace made of paper by those detained in Arizona’s Japanese internment camps. There were relics from the Spanish colonial period, and even the era when France ruled Mexico, along with “modern” items. And the items were spread from AHS branches in Tucson, Flagstaff and Tempe to the Sanguinetti House in Yuma and a printing press on loan in Tubac.
There were cameras used to photograph the building of the state’s great dams, a hatch from the U.S.S. Arizona destroyed at Pearl Harbor, Geronimo’s rifle, costumes from the popular Phoenix children’s show Wallace and Ladmo, a sheepherder’s wagon, an iron lug, a tortilla maker, and the HAMM radio senator Barry Goldwater used to connect troops in Vietnam with their families back home. The collection included items of agriculture and mining, warfare and conquest, fashion, art, medicine, whimsy, culture, crime, transportation, celebration, tragedy, protest, commerce and daily life. Together these items, created and handled by Arizonans of every type and era, tell a compelling story of our state’s history.
Daniel Buckley Productions is proud to have been chosen to document these artifacts for history. Examples from this special collection will be on display at all of the Arizona Historical Society branches in the fall.
The elements of an archaeological collection
This past week Daniel Buckley Productions began a new project in conjunction with the Arizona State Museum to create a series of videos to guide field archaeologists in the proper collection, cataloging and maintenance of significant historical artifacts.
The video series is an extension of lectures and workshops ASM staff has conducted in recent years in war torn countries in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.
The videos will show, step by step, the elements of a properly documented archaeological site collection, and how such collections should be processed and cataloged for future study. This is based on best practices developed and standardized over decades of work in the field by the Arizona State Museum.
Buckley spent three days in mid-July with ASM staff shooting the various checks and balances that ensure that all materials are being processed correctly. Later in the month a voice over in English will be recorded explaining the various steps, and then several months of editing will be spent to generate the first video project.
The intent is for this project is to be translated into various languages for archaeologists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Rwanda first and uploaded to a YouTube or similar internet channel for easy access around the globe. Later similar translations will be created for other languages. A text translation in English will accompany all versions as well.
Throughout the filming process great pains were taken to ensure cultural sensitivity to the customs of the intended countries. The end product videos will be vetted with members of those cultural communities to ensure that nothing was missed.
The project is expected to be ready for distribution in the fall of 2014.
Los Lobos members Cesar Rosas and Conrad Lozano, back, perform with Bulldog Mariachi and Folklorico from Tucson’s White Elementary School.
As production progresses on the documentary The Mariachi Miracle, producer/director Daniel Buckley filmed a very special musical encounter.
While Los Lobos was playing at the Rialto Theatre, April 24, 2014 as part of its 40th anniversary tour, the group invited Tucson’s Bulldog Mariachi and Folklorico from White Elementary School to open for them, then played a number with the youngsters and invited them back to sing “Volver, Volver” song as part of its own set.
Backstage after the concert group members Louie Perez and David Hidalgo talked with Buckley about the collaboration, as well as the impact of youth mariachis across the United States.
For a taste of the action and more, go to:
Fred Ronstadt, wife Lupe Dalton and their four sons, Gilbert, William, Alfred and Edward.
The Ronstadt Family was honored with the Generations of Commitment Award by Pima Council on Aging at its gala event in April, 2014. Daniel Buckley Productions created the video for the sold-out event.
Since Federico (Fred) Ronstadt arrived in Tucson in 1882, the family has shaped Tucson and Arizona more and more with eah passing generation. Fred created Tucson’s first classical music ensemble (the Club Filarmonico) and was a founding board member of the Tucson Symphony. His daughter, Luisa Espinel was one of Arizona’s first international opera and art song stars. And his grand daughter, Linda Ronstadt, was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ronstadts have been involved in politics, art, ranching, construction, policy making and so much more. This video tells a bit of the family’s history and impact on Southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
Click here to view the 16-minute video.
Just a heads-up, the Arizona Repertory Singers is performing a piece titled “Voices at an Exhibition” which uses some of my time lapse video and multimedia treatmenrts of visual art by several members of the choir. Four contemporary composers from around the country each contributed a movement to the piece, and ARS music director Jeffry Jahn has written “promenades” to be in between the movements. It’s my first chance to do a multimedia collaboration with a local group, and so glad it is with one of my favorite classical groups in Tucson. Here’s the schedule:
PERFORMANCES 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27th Fountain of Life Lutheran Church 701 S. Kolb Road
2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4th Christ Church United Methodist 655 N. Craycroft Road
Daniel Buckley makes his acceptance speech at the 2014 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards in Mesa, Arizona.
On March 25, 2014 Daniel Buckley received the Governor’s Arts Award in the Artist of the Year category at a ceremony in the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.
This from the Governor’s Arts Award website:
“Tucson artist and performance art pioneer Daniel Buckley, who spent 22 years with the Tucson Citizen before creating a documentary film series about the political and social evolution of Tucson’s Mexican-American population, was named Artist of the Year.”
“ARTIST: Daniel Buckley (Tucson) spent 22 years with the Tucson Citizen as a music and culture writer, on the editorial board and created its web-based multimedia division while building a reputation as an authority on classical and world music, mariachi, Native American music and southwestern cultural expressions. After the paper closed, he started a documentary film series, Cine Plaza, at the Fox Theatre, an oral history series focusing on the political and social evolution of Tucson’s Mexican-American population. A pioneer of performance art in Tucson, he currently is developing documentary works for the Arizona Historical Society and he is working on a new project of large-scale desert landscape photography.”
A copy of Buckley’s acceptance speech can be seen by clicking this link. An article by the Tucson Weekly can be found by clicking here. For the Arizona Daily Star’s article, click here.
For more on Daniel Buckley go to Daniel Buckley Arts.
A WW II fighter plane from the Tempe museum.
The 150th anniversary year of the Arizona Historical Society is upon us, and the organization is getting its 150 most treasure artifacts ready for the world to see.
The society has hired Daniel Buckley Productions LLC to photograph these artifacts at its various locations around the state. The photos will be used in a special publication to be printed in the fall.
The materials to be shot range from huge to tiny. They include delicate paper beads worn by female prisoners in Arizona’s Japanese internment camps during WW II, a giant logging truck, the three flags that have flown over the Arizona capital (U.S., Arizona and Confederate) and many costumes used in the opular Phoenix children’s television show Wallace and Ladmo.
Using the 36MP Nikon D800 camera, Buckley will carefully photograph and process the items, turning them in by June, 2014 for inclusion in the publication.
Tucson’s Club Filarmonico, started by Federico Ronstadt.
In conjunction with the Pima Council on Aging, Daniel Buckley Productions LLC is conducting interviews with members of the Ronstadt clan about the family’s history and numerous contributions to the Tucson community.
The Ronstadts have been active members of the Tucson community since the late 180s when Federico Ronstadt first moved to town, followed shortly thereafter by two brothers and a sister.
Known most widely for singer Linda Ronstadt, the family also produced the first symphonic group west of the Mississippi (the Club Filarmonico), one of Arizona’s pioneers of opera and art song (Luisa Espinel), a former Chief of Police (Peter Ronstadt), former Director of Parks and Recreation (Jim Ronstadt) and a former Tucson City Council member (Fred Ronstadt).
PCOA will honor the Ronstadt Family on April 12 at its annual Generations of Giving gala, and the video shot by Daniel Buckley Productions LLC will be shown at that time. Contact PCOA for ticket information.
The Mariachi Miracle is underway!
Daniel Buckley at VivaFest!
The documentary on how mariachis and folklorico dancers changed the culture, politics, economy and educational practices of Tucson, Arizona is in production, slated for release in spring, 2015. A book of the same title will accompany the release of the film.
While the project focuses on Tucson, that city serves mainly as an example of what is going on all over the United States in cities and towns with significant Mexican American communities.
On Sept. 18, Daniel Buckley was in San Jose, California showing snippets from the upcoming film at VivaFest!
An audience comprised of students, parents, anthropologists, board members and the superintendent of schools for the San Francisco district (Richard Carranza) was on hand to watch the clips, hear the story and tell a bit about their own lives. It was a great gathering all around.
The film is the sixth in producer/director Daniel Buckley’s Cine Plaza at the Fox documentary series, and his 8th overall.
In the next few months Buckley will be shopping the film around for a broadcast home and wrapping up interviews with community elders. In the spring the focus will be on mariachi and folklorico educational programs in the schools, followed by a trek east in search of the roots of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference.
You can learn more as the project progresses at the Mariachi Miracle blog or through the project’s FaceBook page.
For the fourth year in a row, Daniel Buckley Productions has been chosen by Pima Council on Aging to produce the video for its Generations of Commitment award.
The award recognizes families that have given generously to the Tucson community for multiple generations.
This year’s recipient was the Lohse Family, which is now in its fifth generation of service to the community.
Buckley interviewed family, friends and folks they have served around the Tucson community to produce the 8-minute video for PCOA’s gala fundraiser April 21.
Click here to see the video.