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HISPANICS CONTRIBUTE TO UTAH

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THE BOOKLET is called "Hecho en Utah" (Made in Utah), and as with most in-depth, worthwhile projects, it was more work than editors Carol Edison, Anne Hatch and Craig Miller of the Utah Arts Council Folk Arts Program realized.

"Hecho en Utah" takes a look at the cultural contributions of Utah's Hispanic community - from music to model boats - and the authors learned early that those contributions could fill a dozen books."More and more, Utah's becoming a center for Hispanic people and their activities," says Miller. "It was just the right time for this."

Adds Edison: "Nothing like this had been done before."

The Hispanic community is seen through several lenses in the book - through nationality, history, religion and through their talents. Musicians dominate, but the array of artisans and craftspeople is impressive. There's Josephine Gonzalez, who does striking needlework, Fortunato Marrufo who does weaving and braiding, Catalina Reyes and her pinatas, the flowers of Angelita Alba, and dozens of others.

"The Hispanic population is the largest ethnic group in Utah," says Edison. "And it's becoming more prominent. I mean, who hasn't noticed the `taquerias' (Mexican cafes) blossoming everywhere?"

To help with the book project, the Arts Council received a grant for field work and an exhibit and the eight-week concert series. The council also recruited dozens of people from the Hispanic community to coordinate the effort. Yvonne Ahumada, Gladys I. and Maurice J. Mixco translated the text into Spanish (it runs beside the English version). Several photographers were enlisted, as were graphic artists, researchers and historians.

The first run was 7,500, and the book is going fast. Copies were distributed to the Spanish-speaking parishes and wards throughout the state.

Anyone interested in buying a copy can purchase one from the Utah Arts Council for $2.

"There's still so much to do," says Edison. "Things change so fast. It's so dynamic. Musicians and music groups mix and match all the time. And every day, people with special talents come to Utah from Spanish-speaking countries."