An ekeko is a traditional good luck charm originating from the Aymara culture of several South American countries including Bolivia and Peru.
It is believed to promote abundance and prosperity, and often takes the form of a small cloth figurine filled with items believed to bring luck like food, coins, coca leaves, cotton balls, and grains. The ekeko can also be adorned with colorful ribbons as decorations in order to attract even more luck.
Here’s a resource that we have created to explain the Ekeko to your students.
- El Ekeko: Presentation and Class Activities – Use these ready-to-use Google Slides in Spanish and English for them to bring cultural traditions to your classes. This presentation deck includes:
- Presentation in English (to introduce the traditional aspect to Novice students)
- Presentation in Spanish (to introduce the traditional aspect and expose Intermediate to
- Advanced students to the target language)
- Brief background history
- Country flag
- Práctica con frases – Fill-in-the-blank sentences
- Comprehension and discussion questions
- Extension activities
- Reflection questions
See more Traditions from the Spanish-speaking world.