Earth, Sand & Water: Making Adobe Bricks

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Photo essay by Kathleen Dreier

In March of this year, adobe brick maker David Yubeta gathered with community members to teach a workshop on adobe bricks as part of the University of Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Science’s Community Classroom in collaboration with the Southwest Folklife Alliance. The three-part workshop was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Kathleen Dreier captured a day of brickmaking before then. Yubeta spent 25 years preserving earthen resources in the arid Southwest for the National Park Service. He is a recipient of a 2019 SFA Master-Apprentice Artist Award.

Read in-depth interview with David Yubeta here.

Click on the photos to view slideshow and captions.

Kathleen Dreier is a Tucson-based photographer. She is currently working on a project photographing front line essential workers in Tucson. That work was featured in BorderLore last month.

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