The bilingual Leyendas De Duende explores the rich Hispanic folklore and mythology of Latin America. The stories include La Calavera from Mexico, and Paco and the Witch from Puerto Rico. The program also includes an Afro/Cuban Rhythm and Song that calls to “Alegua – the trickster of the crossroads”, from the Afro-Cuban tradition of Santeria.
La Calavera – This story follows a young healer who tries to outsmart his godmother- Death. Death gives him great healing power but always lets him know who’s boss. The moral of the story is that one should never try to fool Death because Death will always get the upper hand eventually. Including El Diablo and some very interesting Characters cross paths with the healer’s father as he tries to choose a god-parent for his young son.
Paco and the Witch – Paco is a good boy who likes to help his mom but when he goes to town to run an errand he has to pass through the dark forest where a bruja or witch is waiting to snatch him up. She takes him prisoner but he gets help from some talking animals (natives of Puerto Rico), who betray the witch and set Paco free. The first is an ordinary Crab or Señor Cangrejo, then a parrot or la Cotorra and el Coquí, the frog.Leyendas Learning Guide Book an Assembly