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Interview with Nayeli Garibo

Garibo, Nayeli
Scardina, Trish
Date of Interview: 
Stories and Storytellers
Nayeli Garibo recalls a couple of scary stories and a morality story told to him as a child in Mexico. He also talks about stories read to him in school and gives a brief summary of one of his favorite books, Night.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Trish Scardina interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
TS (Trisha Scardina): What kind of stories were told to you as a child in Mexico?
NG (Nayeli Garibo): Uh, like, um [pause], I don't know, let me think [pause], like, the, a turkey without a head, and um, the lady with the white dress, scary stories.
TS: Scary stories?
NG: Uh-huh.
TS: Did you read any baby stories, did anybody tell you any little children stories? Do you remember?
NG: No. [Pause]
TS: Who told you these stories?
NG: My grandma.
TS: Mostly your grandmother?
NG: Um-hum.
TS: Did your mother never tell you these stories?
NG: No.
TS: Did you live with your mother?
NG: Yeah.
TS: And the grandmother lived with you?
NG: No, she didn't.
TS: But when she told you these stories--
NG: Oh yeah.
TS: What were those stories about? The turkey, the head getting cut off?
NG: Oh yeah, it was like, [pause] they just say that story to scare the, the kids when they were playing outside, to go to their house and the white women, they say really happening in the, Mexico where I live.
TS: What happened to the white woman?
NG: Um, she was, she was, they say she was living with her children, and somebody killed her childrens and then she like, all the night and was crying for the children and screaming for the children.
TS: So when you hear the screaming, it's the women?
NG: Yeah.
TS: And did they tell you these stories at nighttime?
NG: Yeah. [Laugh]
TS: Um, which one was your favorite story?
NG: Um. [Pause]
TS: Is there any particular story you would always ask your grandmother to tell you?
NG: Um, yeah it was like, no I just ask her about the, the, the history, like in the past when she was like--.
TS: So you like the true story?
NG: Yeah, um-hmm.
TS: What kind of stories did she tell you about her when she was little?
NG: Um, she said that there was a, a donkey and the, and the boys were like jumping on him, and like if there were like more boys that want to jump on him, the donkey was getting large and large and large and they have him, like bottle in its tail and, and they burn him and they say was the devil, but they don't ever know.
TS: How did your grandmother tell you these stories? Did she read them or did she talk to you?
NG: No. She just talked to me.
TS: Why do you think she told you these stories?
NG: I don't know, to get me scared or something.
TS: Did she ever tell you scary, or stories that were not scary?
NG: Yeah she told me when I didn't want to eat she told me that another girl like, como se dice, the other girl that didn't want to eat here stomach the things that are in the stomach, they come out the stomach and she die and that make me eat.
TS: Oh, OK. Do you remember being read to, did anybody read books to you?
NG: Only at school.
TS: Only at school. What kind of books did they read at school?
NG: Like the, The Three Little Pigs or yeah, and the um, Snow White and the Seven Little Men. [Laugh]
TS: They had those in Spanish or in English?
NG: Yeah.
TS: In Spanish? And those are the types of books?
NG: Yeah.
TS: Who read the books to you?
NG: The teacher.
TS: And where did they read the books?
NG: At school.
TS: In the classroom?
NG: Yeah, in the classroom.
TS: Not outside.
NG: Sometimes.
TS: Sometimes outside. When did they read them? In the morning when they first got there?
NG: No, like after--.
TS: In the afternoon?
NG: Yeah. In the afternoon.
TS: After lunch?
NG: Yeah. Um hmm.
TS: Did you take naps at school? Did you go to sleep at school?
NG: No.
TS: When you were little?
NG: No.
TS: Do you read stories now?
NG: Yeah.
TS: What kind?
NG: I like the Night, I like scary movies, I mean books, sorry, books.
TS: Where do read these books?
NG: At home and sometimes at school.
TS: When do you read them at home? At night before you go to bed?
NG: Um, um, yeah, most of the time.
TS: Most of the time. Why do you read them?
NG: Because I want to know like what happens.
TS: Do you like reading before you go to bed better than reading before dinner?
NG: No. I like to read before I go to bed.
TS: Do you not get scared?
NG: No.
TS: No?
NG: Uh um.
TS: Do you read any other stories besides scary stories? Love stories?
NG: No, no uh um.
TS: Mystery stories?
NG: Yeah.
TS: Do you have a favorite book or favorite story?
NG: Yeah, the um, Night, do you know the book?
TS: No.
NG: It's about the um, the Jewish people, Adolfo Hitler, I like that book.
TS: So it's a true scary story?
NG: Yeah.
TS: Do you read stories that are scary and not true? Do you like those?
NG: Um, yeah.
TS: Tell me about your favorite story. Which is your favorite? Can you tell me about it? What happens?
NG: It was like these men that didn't like some kind of people and he just start to kill them because he just don't like them and different kind of ways, and he burned them and make them work all the time, and just give them a little food and then when, I think the Americans like start to know everything then and they help those people.
TS: Why do you like that story?
NG: I don't know. I think it's like interesting, yeah, about what happened. I still don't get it how like the people didn't know what was, what was going on, but a lot of people was killed.
TS: Well, thank you Nayeli.
NG: You're welcome Mrs. Scardina.