Plaza Voices: Making Tamales the 'Rancho' Way
Our goal was to have people come and share things they do for the holidays (whatever holiday it may be)--maybe recipes and/or decoration tips--whatever they wanted to share. We had 22 "tamale kits" prepared for our expected attendance, and some supplies left for "just in case".... and we used all the kits!
The biggest treasure was that we had kids, teens, and adults with Mexican, Chicano, Caribbean, and Russian heritage. This is the true meaning of Plaza: people helping each other to reach a common goal, to create something different and learn from each other. What a great experience to see kids preparing tamales, wanting to do their best and working very hard at it. It was a wonderful example of intergenerational and intercultural immersion.
Plaza participants felt very happy because they were all sharing their tips and learning new methods to cook tamales. Some even said, "You can do it with a spoon or the 'rancho' way [using your hands]."
I will definitely try this kind of program idea again, because it brought together many people who did not converse much (in English or Spanish) to talk and communicate with each other via food.
--Viviana C., Woodbury Branch Library
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