Arizona Storytellers: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:53am
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:54am
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Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares stories about celebrating Thanksgiving.

KJZZ is partnering with the "Arizona Republic" to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them

Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz is Native American and identifies, in part, as Hopi.

When she was in 2nd grade, she was excited to be in her class’s Thanksgiving play as Little White Dove. Felicia’s teacher said she would make her costume, which turned out to be a pillowcase with holes cut into it. Felicia was embarrassed and wished she had been able to represent her family’s heritage properly in the play.

So when Felicia’s daughter brought her a note from her teacher about their Colonial Days celebration, she was skeptical.

Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz is a chef living in Phoenix.

The next storytelling event is Wednesday, March 29 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix.

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