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El Kookooee Se Quema/The Kookooee is Burned

The South Valley Library is proud to be part of the area's annual El Kookooee celebration. Author Rudolfo Anaya launched the El Kookooee Educational Association in 1990 with the purpose of building an El Kookooee figure, stuffing it with the community’s fears. and setting it on fire every year in late October.  His aim was to bring the colorful El Cucui legend to life to promote the cultural heritage of the Hispanic South Valley. South Valley schoolchildren design models for the figure, which is ceremonially burnt the last Sunday in October in nearby Rio Bravo Park. The children's models are displayed in the South Valley Library; later, the winning model will be placed in a special case, also at the library.