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Worry Dolls Project/Proyecto Muñecas Quitapenas



The Guatemalan legend says, "Tell your worries to the worry dolls before you go to bed and put them under your pillow. In the morning, the dolls will have taken your worries away!"

Worry is an emotion we all have all experienced this past year, regardless of our culture or identity. Let's come together to turn our worries into art as we celebrate immigrant culture. This community craft project honoring the tradition of the Muñeca Quitapenas, Guatemalan Worry Dolls, is presented by The Reher Center and the Cornell Creative Arts Center.

In April and May 2021, Karen Pillsworth, Kingston’s Storyteller Laureate, led this project with 33 classes at JFK and George Washington school.

Find our original story in English, Spanish, and Q'eqchi' (an indigenous language in Guatemala), as well as how-to instructions so that you can discover this tradition and make your own dolls at home!

Please share a photo of your doll with us at #WorryDollHV so we can include it on this page!

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