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Photographs from the
Mary Ann Smothers Bruni Collection
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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