Date of Performance/Collection: 4-19-2020
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
Background: Informant is a Mexican American who was originally born in Mexico, but came to the United States when he was young. Since he stayed in Mexico for a bit of his childhood he learned a lot of games.
Interviewer: What are some childhood games you remember playing?
Informant: I remember a game I use to play called Tripas de pollo. It translates to chicken guts in english.
Interviewer: How do you play that?
Informant: To play Tripas de pollo, you just need a pen and a paper. You write down numbers, up to whatever number you want for example 1-13. You write them scattered around the page, and you have to write each number twice. You have to connect each number to its matching number with a line. You do this for every number without touching lines from other numbers. The more numbers you have the harder this is. At the end when all the lines have been connected it looks like tripas de pollo, which is the name of the game.
Context: Interview with a family member on games from his birthplace.
Thoughts: The name of the game sounds weird and not fun but once it gets explained it seems interesting. It sounds like more of a self-challenging game rather than group game but still seems fun to play.