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Mexican doll to make a stop in Colorado

Lele has visited places around the world.
Credit: Consulado General de México en Denver

DENVER — The traveling 15-foot "Lele" doll will be in Denver for three days this week.

The exhibition will promote Mexican culture and crafts from Querétaro in locations in Denver's center. It's part of the Cities Summit of the Americas that will be held in Denver.

The Lele doll was born in the magical town of Amealco, a municipality located in the state of Querétaro in Mexico, by a group of artisans from the communities of Santiago Mexquititlán and San Ildefonso Tultepec, who have passed down this craft tradition from generation to generation. 

“Lele” in Otomi means baby. Among her characteristic features are her long braids with crowns and cheerful colored ribbons, as well as her traditional dress, the same attire as its creators. As an important fact, in Amealco, the Hñähñu language is still preserved, and the inhabitants proudly wear their traditional costume.

Credit: Consulado General de México en Denver

Due to Lele’s importance, on April 18, 2018, the doll was named a Cultural Heritage of the State of Queretaro, since it represents the tradition, customs, and roots of the Indigenous communities. The Lele doll also has its own museum located in its hometown. 

This Lele doll has visited places around the world, and this month people can join her during her visit to Denver and take a picture with her. There will also be cultural activities for children. 

The locations and visiting hours for Lele are: 

  • Wednesday, April 26
    • Skyline Park, Downtown Denver Partnership • 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 27
    • Union Station (plaza in front of the station) • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
  • Friday, April 28 
    • Colorado Convention Center • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Credit: Consulado General de México en Denver
Credit: Consulado General de México en Denver

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