Festival de Otoño and El Kookooee

Burn, Baby, Burn: El Kookooee 2013

Rudolfo Anaya's answer to Zozobra has been burning each October in Albuquerque's South Valley for more than 20 years. You know the drill for these burning men, right? The bad vibes of the previous year are transcribed onto paper and used as kindling. When El Kookooee burns, we all get a fresh start. Traditionally, the design of the creature, which Anaya has called "an effigy of our own personal and communal fears," has been turned over to school children—a nice touch since we all know kids are especially talented at imagining monsters. And unlike Zozobra, each Kookooee has its own unique style. What will this year's boogeyman look like? I am afraid I can't tell you that, although the flyer art has a definite Lovecraftian cast. But there's one way you can find out for sure. See ya there! (Kyle Silfer)

Sunday Oct 27, 2013

3904 Isleta SW (Behind the South Valley Library)
Albuquerque, NM 87105




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More events at Rio Bravo State Park

The annual burning of El Kookooee, featuring Raks Zeina belly dancers, Xochipilli Aztec dancers, music, crafts and more.