Blog >> The Southwest Legacy of La Llorona

  • La Llorona, the wailing woman, is an important part of Southwest folklore. One version of her story takes place in 1510 in Tenochtitlán, Mexico, a few years before the Spanish invasion, when the Aztecs receive an omen of their impending doom and a woman from the community runs through streets, warning the people with her lament, “My children, we must flee far away from this city before it’s too late!”

    Another legend may have originated in 1521 with the Spanish conquest of Mexico. The story claims that La Malinche was the Indian mistress of the conquistador Hernan Cortes. Because of her betrayal of her native people, she was banished from society and destined to roam the riverbeds and street of the towns of the Southwest in search of her lost children, which is a metaphor for her lost culture.     

     Art by Diana Bryer