Consuelo Samarripa Author/Bilingual Storyteller, Presenter, Performin Artist

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Consuelo Samarripa

Bienvenidos, Welcome to the Story

Bilingual Storyteller


 Since the days of the Aztec, the storyteller was also known as the educator.  Folklore tells us that - like the nobles, the storyteller was dressed wearing vivid colors, most often green. Lore also tells us, the noble storyteller's footwear was embellished with gold. A feather defined the storyteller, as a leader in the community.


In the 19th century, Faustino Perez of Guadalupita, Mexico made zarapes on hand looms; good zarapes took a month or more to make. He said, "One must have a feeling for it in the hands, in the heart. Come let me show you...". I believe, en nuestra cultura Mexicana, in our Mexican culture, a zarape is our coat of many colors - respectfully radiating the passion of warmth and brilliance.

I have a feeling for the stories that I write - with my hands, in my heart, and in my soul, - con mis manos, en mi corazón, y en mi alma. Thus, I share the performing art of storytelling. It has been stated that a story is a gift, un regalo. Cuentos, or stories, are cultivated and woven with the many colors of our world cultures and history, historias. I bring you a zarape de cuentos. Que viva la pasión de cuentos!

Consuelo is a second generation Texas native born in the West side barrios of San Antonio, Texas. Her Native American ancestors come from Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

In November 1996, Consuelo became a Professional Storyteller. She has performed in Texas, the United States and Mexico. Consuelo loves to share the richness of her Mexican-Indian culture and her primary language, Spanish. She produced the First Tejas Hispanic Storytelling Festival in 1998. She has been featured performer both, in and out of Texas.e

Her training includes attending conferences at Toastmasters International, National Storytelling Network, Four Corners Storytelling Festival, and Tejas Storytelling Conference & Festival.

Consuelo shares her performing art of storytelling and speaking in various venues. She shares her heritage through:

  • history, 
  • folk lore, 
  • folk tales, 
  • personal stories,
  •  shared heritage stories,
  • sacred stories, 
  • and poetry. 
  • Her repertoire also includes Ghost Stories. 

Unique bilingual blends and "noise makes", as well as her use of shawls and costumes add interest to her storytelling style. Her services include educational workshops for children and adults, in addition to in-service/training workshops and public speaking engagements. She relates to her audiences through a different perspective- as a native and a foreigner. Consuelo's vast repertoire can accommodate most venues.

She is available for venues and audiences such as:

  * Author visits,

  * festivals,

  * libraries, - Public, educational institutions K-College/University

  * residencies, 

  * conferences, 

  * theater, 

  * historical living facilities, 

  * diversity,

  * leadership, 

  * and high-risk student programs, 

  * senior living centers.