Paulette Atencio Presents Cuentos In Chautauqua Performance At Fuller Lodge Feb. 12

by Reporter / Feb 10, 2019 / 0 comments

Paulette Atencio Presents Cuentos In Chautauqua Performance At Fuller Lodge Feb. 12

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

Cuentos, traditional stories of northern New Mexico, will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Fuller Lodge by Paulette Atencio, a professional bilingual storyteller who has traveled internationally to share her cultural traditions.

Her stories will focus on traditions, what it means to be of Hispanic descent, and universal humor and lessons.

This Chautauqua presentation is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society and the New Mexico Humanities Council as part of the 2018-2019 Anniversary Lecture Series.
Atencio delights her audiences with stories learned while traveling northern and central New Mexico.

“Since I was a little girl growing up in Peñasco,” she said, “I have been intrigued by storytelling, largely through the memorable experiences of listening to my mother’s stories.”

She remembers listening to her mother’s tales of comedy, romance, tragedy and witchcraft in her family’s home in the evenings, the glowing light from the fireplace setting the atmosphere.

“She could carry us to faraway places,” Atencio said.
Atencio first experienced formal storytelling when she shared the stories of her childhood with her own children, but she realizes that telling such stories is no longer a tradition in most families.

“I felt that the younger generations were lacking in a vital and important part of their heritage,” she said, and that was when she decided to volunteer as a storyteller in schools.

The sharing of her stories expanded from there. Today she captivates audiences with her voice and “perpetuates the rich traditions from generations past.” She travels to other countries as well as throughout the United States.

This presentation and others in the lecture series are sponsored by Raffi Andonian and Nicole Kliebert.

 

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