For over 20 years, residents of the South Valley have enjoyed the tradition of burning the Kookooee, a giant figure representing their fears.

The Kookooee is a figure that has been used by parents to warn their children for generations, and nowadays is represented in effigy as a way to "burn away" your fears.

Watch the video and hear from some of the creators of this Kookooee tradition, including author Rudolfo Anaya.

Filmed By: Mark & Marisol Archuleta
Edited By: Mark Archuleta

Shot on: Sony Nex-FS100 & iPhone 4s

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