Storytelling: La Llorona

Storytelling: La Llorona

On Mother's Day in 2009, Renée Fajardo and the Chimaltonalli Troupe came to the Boulder Public Library to share the story of La Llorona, a folk tale warning small children away from irrigation ditches.

Through dancing and storytelling, library visitors explored the myths and story behind La Llorona as she was brought to life by one of Denver’s foremost professional storytelling, music and dance troupes. 

La Llorona, or the “weeping mother” (ghost?!)  is sometimes used by parents living near rivers and ditches in the southwest as a cautionary figure. She is used as a warning to keep children safely at home at night, an omen of ill will to those that engage in libations and dangerous behavior. But more than that, she is often misunderstood and mistaken for La Malinche.

Video clips are coming soon!

Renee Fajardo is an attorney by training. After spending several years working with inner city children and homeless families she decided that her first love, writing was a more effective way to use her skills. In 1996, the mother of seven wrote her first children's book based on cultural family foods. She turned her passion for working with children and young adults into a career by storytelling and teaching creative writing workshops and poetry seminars. Today Ms. Fajardo is the co-author of four multi-cultural children's books and is featured in the “Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul 2005” book. As the project director for the Colorado Folk Arts Council, Fajardo programs an award winning series of free cultural events in Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties.

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