Evanira Birdman

Brazilian Reflections in Tucson: Turning a Strange Land into Home

An 89-year-old former music teacher, folk artist, and writer from Brazil retires in the Tucson Foothills, maintaining her cultural identity and sharing it with others.

*This piece uses excerpts from a dissertation draft by Eric Galm: “Unsung Voices: Evanira Mendes and the Brazilian Folklore Commission (2006)”