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Mesa Public Library – Main Branch

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64 East 1st Street
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States

February 2022

A Story, A Story: Ananse Tales to Live By with Dr. Akua Duku Anokye

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mesa Public Library – Main Branch, 64 East 1st Street
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
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Ananse the Spider, a trickster hero of Ghana, is one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore. Ananse’s tales are told to not only explain the origins of the Akan people, but used to reinforce the belief system that enriches their society. Not just found in Ghana, these stories are likened to Brer Rabbit and John Tales in the American South. Here in Arizona, the stories are compared to Coyote stories of Native lore. Hear these…

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March 2022

Chiles & Chocolate: Sweet and Spicy Foods in the American West with Christine Glenn and Sandy Sunseri

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mesa Public Library – Main Branch, 64 East 1st Street
Mesa, AZ 85201 United States
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Come have a taste of the rich and savory history of these food favorites, explore how early peoples used them, and how they have evolved and spread to all corners of the world. Food is a portal into culture and can convey a range of cultural meaning including occasion, social status, ethnicity, and wealth depending on the social context. Discover how chiles and chocolate became identity markers in gender roles and relationships, essential in rituals and religious customs, popular in…

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