Author Archives: Nico Williamson

Las Mañanitas – Birthday Song

Informant: Valentina Williamson. 11 years old. Born and raised in Mexico City. My little sister. Informant: “When the cake comes out at birthday parties everyone sings ‘Las Mañanitas.’ When the song is over, the person blows out the candle. After, we all chant ‘MORDIDA, MORDIDA! (BITE, BITE!) and push the person’s head into the cake!” […]

El Ratón Pérez

Informant: Valentina Williamson. 11 years old. Born and raised in Mexico City. My little sister, Informant: “Whenever a tooth fell out, I would put it under my pillow and the “Raton Pérez” (Mouse Perez) would take it away and leave me money.” Collector: “When did you first hear about the Ratón Perez” Informant: “I guess I […]

Día de Reyes

Informant: Valentina Williamson. 11 years old. Born and raised in Mexico City. My little sister. Informant: “On January 6 Los Reyes Magos (The Three Wise Men) arrive! The night before, I leave my shoe next to the window and when I wake up I find a gift in it. It is like a small gift. […]

Hide and Seek Game

Informant: Valentina Williamson. 11 years old. Born and raised in Mexico City. My little sister. Informant: Original: “Una bolita de algodón patin paton melocotón sabes tu donde cayó con verdad y sin mentir con pura casualidad” (Pauses at each syllable) Translation: A little cotton ball patin paton melocotón do you know where it fell with […]

Mexican Proverb

Informant: Maria Burguete. 20 years old. Born and raised in Mexico City. Informant: “Camarón que se duerme….se lo lleva la corriente” Translation: Shrimp that falls asleep…..is taken away by the current Collector: “What does it mean and when did you first hear it?” Informant: “If you fall asleep you loose, is basically what it’s saying. […]