December 21, 2021

Tamales with Josefina

Meet the feisty and active octogenarian carrying on a thousand year old Mesoamerican tradition.
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When Josefina Lizárraga first moved to Tucson in the 1960s and started her family, she wasn't earning enough money in her job at a store so she started making tamales at home to sell to friends and family. This side gig flourished and eventually, she was able to save enough money to quit her day job and open up her own florist business. Now retired, the 85-year-old mother, grandmother, and former businesswoman is a busy volunteer in the community, including Mission Garden where she loves the people, plants, and traditions. We join Josefina at the garden's kitchen where she talks about the popular tamale tradition in her culture.

Producer: Tony Paniagua
Videographers: Gage Judd and Nate Huffman
Editor: Gage Judd
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