Running with Cicadas

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The summer cicada sounds can signal a time for emergence

by Celeste González de Bustamante

During the hottest summer months in the Sonoran Desert, the auditory landscape shifts with the arrival of the arthropods known as cicadas. The species that are indigenous to this region live underground for up to five years. Once they have emerged above ground their time is fleeting. Storyteller and University of Arizona School of Journalism professor, Dr. Celeste González de Bustamante reflects on what the lives of the cicadas can teach us about our own existence.

Listen to the audio essay here:

Cover image: Celeste González de Bustamante
Music: Mercedes Sosa, “Como la cigarra”
News clip: KVOA, “Update on the Bighorn Fire”
Video: “Song of the cicadas,” Celeste González de Bustamante

2 thoughts on “Running with Cicadas”

  1. OMG Celeste. This spoke from and to a real Sonoran desert dwellers heart! And you ended with Mercedes Sosa! Made me cry.


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