In New Mexico and Colorado, the curandera invites children to sit with her under the cottonwood tree.
Then, storytime begins.
You may know that the Spanish word for storyteller is curandera. She is a gifted person who likes to spin tales of mystery, humor or legend. And, of course, it all happens under the cottonwood.
After the cottonwood tree has lived its life, it dies. The bark is saved for artisans. In fact, the bark from the cottonwood tree is known as the favorite wood for craftsmen who love its soft texture. The softness of the bark allows artisans to carve and scupt so easily.