Occupation: University professor
Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: March 24, 2016
Primary Language: English
My informant is an American from Minnesota, who has ancestors from Czech republic and Sweden, back to 1880.
“My grandmother used to tell me a story of a big cookie that could roll around and have adventure. Sometimes it was oatmeal cookie sometimes it was a chocolate chip cookie, but they would roll around have adventures, save kids…She may have the story come down from her ancestors. Sweets are big product in Sweden. She may possibly hear this from her mother. It was like a bed time story. The big cookie was the hero. He would roll down the streets and rescue a lot of stupid kids. I think the cookie did talk, say things like ‘you stupid kid, how did you stuck in the mud? how did you lock yourself in the room?'”
“My grandma, who lives in St. Paul now, she still always has a mass amount of cookies and pastry that she baked before we came. So much culture pass down through food. ”
As an animation filmmaker and teacher, Christine loves this kind of tales that she heard from her family, which has also inspired her a lot in her creation.
I think this kind of folklore tales is really playing a positive role in people’s childhood, which could make the children grow up happily and imaginatively.