A capirucho

In Fun
Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My object, a capirucho, tells the story of my mother's journey. A capirucho is a wooden hand carved toy that is painted with different colors. It is a bowl with a stick attached to a string. You hold the capirucho in one hand and try getting the stick into the bowl. The toy is from El Salvador and as my mom was growing up she never had that many toys because she was poor. She left El Salvador, leaving my older brother behind, and came to the U.S.A. She had hired someone called "el coyote" to take her to the frontier to get onto a plane. She carried her capirucho with her. Even though she grew up she never lost her toy. She still has it because it holds so many memories for her. The capirucho continues to represent my mom and her journey to get here.

Place(s): El Salvador, NYC

– Cecy Flores Soriano

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant