El Kookooee

V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015


The Daily Word in tripping witches, Trump effigies in the South Valley and Halloween

The Daily Word

The Southwest Chief will continue to roll through New Mexico as usual.

The Green Jeans Farmery shipping container plaza was red-tagged by the city on the eve of its grand opening.

The City is offering "haunted jail tours" at the old metro court.

The South Valley's El Kookooe was a Trump effigy this year, El Koko Trump.

Some dude in Grants, NM got really drunk and killed a friend he thought was transforming into a zombie.

The sex abuse trial of the man who was hired by APS w/out a background check, Jason Martinez, ended in mistrial.

No eggs for minors at this store during Halloween.

Happy Halloween, don't electrocute yourself.

Chewbacca was arrested in Ukraine after violating election laws by campaigning for Darth Vader on Election Day.

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. Let's take a moment to remind ourselves why witches ride broomsticks and what really makes them fly.

The World Series begins tonight with the Mets vs the Royals in Kansas City.

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Burn, Baby, Burn: El Kookooee 2013

Festival de Otoño ends in flames

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! Rio Bravo State Park, Behind the South Valley Library • Sun Oct 27 • 6pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012

Culture Shock

Corporeal Art

South Valley sends El Kookooee up in flames this weekend.
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V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011

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Up in Smoke

Every year in the South Valley a 25-foot-tall bogeyman is burned to cinders. Author Rudolfo Anaya, who helped start the ritual more than 20 years ago, refers to El Kookooee as "an effigy of our own personal and communal fears." The burning will take place tonight at 6 p.m. at the ball fields on Isleta three blocks south of Rio Bravo, behind the South Valley Library. This year's statue was designed by seventh-grader Tyler Young, and is being assembled by a group of volunteer artists. Festivities include music and dancing from Raks Zeina Bellydancers, Circulo Solar Ollin Fire Dancers and Xochipilli Aztec Dancers. Food and Kookooee merchandise will be available. Remember to write down your fears on paper, stick them in El Kookooee and watch them vanish into the blazing night sky.

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El Kookooee

Posted to Alibi's Flickr photo pool by our special friend buzzwink.

V.19 No.43 | 10/28/2010

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El Kookooee

If you happened to miss Santa Fe's Zozobra, you still have time to get your fear-burning effigy fix this year. El Kookooee, the South Valley's own 30-foot depiction of all things mal, sets ablaze this Sunday at Rio Bravo State Park (west of Isleta off Camino del Valle SW). Beginning at 6 p.m., catch performances by Sultry Kittens Belly Dancers, Bhangra Dance Group, Circulo Solar Ollin Xochipilli Aztec dancers and DJ Genius of Love. At 8 p.m., scribble down your fears, place them inside El Kookooee and watch them go up in smoke. For more info, e-mail info@elkookooee.org or visit elkookooee.org.

V.18 No.44 | 10/29/2009
Fork at the ready for eating the planet.
Marisa Demarco

El Kookooee’s Girl

La Novia del Coco. That’s who burned Sunday in the South Valley. El Kookooee’s girlfriend is a world-eater, with the planet in one hand and a fork in the other. She was designed last year by 7th-grader Valerie Green, who was on hand yesterday to receive congratulations and watch a towering version of her model burn.

It’s a South Valley tradition 20 years running. You have to keep your eyes peeled this time of year to find out about it. Unlike the commercialized Zozobra, the burning of el Kookooee (or his ladyfriend) is a comparatively small, free, neighborhood event. The premise is similar to Zozobra; people write down their fears and drop them in a bag, which is stuffed in the boogeyman and burned in effigy. I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work, too.

See next year’s Kookooee (sometimes spelled Cucuy) at the bottom of this blog: