Editing the special folktales issue of Voices in Italian Americana (VIA), Volume 28, Number 2, was an extraordinary experience for me. I’m proud of the collection and all the authors who contributed such wonderful stories. To enjoy this remarkable edition, simply order the issue from the Bordighera Press website.
Most of my ancestors emigrated from Sicily. The ancient Romans called Sicily the “Trinacrium,” or the “star with three points.” The word “trinacria” means triangle and refers to the shape of the island. The symbol is the head of the Medusa with three bent running legs and three stalks of wheat. It is the symbol on the Sicilian flag, and you’ll see many colorful and artistic variations of it all over Sicily.