Folk Medicine Interview in Spanish – Born with a Gift

A Folk Healer is Born

Don Francisco and I outside his home in San Pedro.
Don Francisco and I

This is the first of a five-part folk medicine interview with Francisco Chavajay, curandero de huesos, a folk healer of bones. I interviewed him while studying at the San Pedro Spanish School in Guatemala. I am very thankful to don Francisco for sharing this information about his work. It is important for all of us who live and/or work within a Latino community to understand “curanderismo,” folk healing (folk medicine). When I talked with people in San Pedro La Laguna about Francisco Chavajay, everyone had a story about how he had cured them or their family member. I also heard stories about people traveling from other countries to get help with their back problems and other musculoskeletal problems. It was obvious that Francisco Chavajay holds a very respected position in the community and is an integral part of their healthcare. I hope this interview not only helps you to improve your Spanish-speaking skills but also opens your mind to the world of curanderismo and the important role it plays in Latino culture. I began the interview asking don Francisco when he became a curandero…


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