Utah at Work

Jose (J.J.) Galicia

Jose (J.J.) Galicia Demonstrating repujado, or Metal Embossing, at the Living Traditions Festival. Utah State Archives.

Historically, mining and agriculture were Utah's biggest industries, and each produced its own forms of folklore and creative expression. Today, there are still many hard-working Utahns who carve wood, shape metal, harvest crops, and make ranching gear. They transform ordinary materials such as rawhide, wood, leather, horsehair, metal, and willow into art that celebrates their chosen trade and cultural identity.