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Photographs from the Mary Ann Smothers Bruni Collection

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During an intermission in the action, the players are presented with symbolic gifts by their sponsors or madrinas , which literally means “godmothers.” Members of the audience pin small gifts of ribbon or dollar bills to the capes of the shepherds and devils in recognition of their good efforts.

Sometimes a player has a special madrina who has helped him or the pastores over a period of time. Such was the relationship of Victor David Elizondo with Wanda Graham Ford. Featured in Bruni's collection and on this page is a photograph of Ford pinning a ribbon on Elizondo at his last performance in Los Pastores , the end of his fifty years of participation in the folk drama.

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Benson Last updated: June 3, 2005.
Created by: Craig Schroer - Electronic Services Librarian
Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin
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