Joe Hayes, Storyteller
Joe Hayes, professional
storyteller and SFAOL contributor, has performed in hundreds of
schools, libraries, museums and parks. He tells folktales from
many cultures, and among his favorites are the local cuentos,
the Hispanic tales of New Mexico. A highlight of every summer
in Santa Fe, for children and adults alike, are his storytelling
sessions outside the tepee at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa
In 1982, Mariposa Printing
and Publishing company in Santa Fe presented 10 of these stories
in "The Day It Snowed Tortillas." Now in its ninth printing,
the book has become a regional favorite and has brought delight
to readers throughout the country.
From the melodic song
of "La Hormiguita"to the classic lament of "La Llorana," "The
Day It Snowed Tortillas" is a collection that will captivate
hearts for years to come. If you enjoy the stories of Joe Hayes
on SFAOL, you can order this book or others he has written by
STORIES BY JOE HAYES
long time ago there was a man whose wife had died. He had just
one daughter, and her name was Arcia. Their neighbor was a woman
whose husband had died. And she had two daughters.
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, OH! Once, at opposite
sides of the same town, there lived a poor woman and a rich woman.
The poor woman's husband had
died and left her with six children but without a penny to raise
them. The rich woman's husband had also died, but he had left
her with a fortune in gold and silver. But the rich woman was
very stingy and didn't like to share with anyone. (MORE)
DAY IT SNOWED TORTILLAS.
Here is a story about a woman who was
married to a woodcutter. The man was good at his work. He could
chop down a tree in no time at all. He would split it up into
firewood and take it into the village and sell it. And he made
a good living. (MORE)
GUM CHEWING RATTLER . When
I was a kid, I had a bad habit: I just loved to chew bubblegum.
I always had a juicy wad of bubblegum in my mouthtwo or
three pieces at the same time, just chomping away. (MORE)
ONE NIGHT . Here is a story
that goes way back to the beginning of time. They say that way
back then things were very different. There was not a steady rhythm
of days and nights like there is now. Instead it might be dark
for 10 years in a row. And then light for one day. And then it
could be dark again for eight long years. And then light for one
DIABLO . Once in a small
mountain village there lived two men who were good friends. The
one man's name was Pedro. The other? Well-no one remembered his
name. You see, no one ever called him by his name. Instead, they
used his nickname.
There was once a poor
woman who had a lazy son. The hardest thing he did each day was
to decide whether to stay in bed late or get up early so that
he'd have more time to lie around and do nothing.
This is a story about two men who were
compadres, which means they were godfathers to each other's
children. One man was rich.
He had a fine ranch with a big herd of cattle. And he had one
mule that was his pride and joy. It was a prize-winning mule.
GOLD STAR A long time ago there was a man whose wife had
died. He had just one daughter, and her name was Arcia. Their
neighbor was a woman whose husband had died. And she had two daughters.
ago there lived a poor man and his wife, who had three sons. But
they didn't have any money to feed and clothe the boys.
ADVICE This is the story of a man and his wife who had
just one son. He was a good boy, both likable and hardworking,
but sometimes a little slow to learn.
PRINCE'S SERVANT There is an old story about a young man
whose father was a king and whose mother was a queen. Of course,
that would make him a prince.