What Is Loteria

The full deck is referenced below; however, we are only seeking the following images:

La Rosa (Rose)
La Garza (Heron)
La Luna (Moon)
El Sol (Sun)
La Estrella (Star)
El Camaron (Shrimp)
El Venado (Deer)
La Campana (Bell)
El Melon (Melon)
El Tambor (Drum)
La Arana (Spider)
Las Jaras (Arrows)
El Bandolon (Bandolin)
El Corazon (Heart)
La Escalera (Ladder)
El Alacran (Scorpion)
La Corona (Crown)
El Paraguas (Umbrella)
El Musico (Musician)
El Pescado (Fish)
El Cantarito (Jug)
La Campana (Bell)
El Pajaro (Parrot)

Accepted submissions
El Nopal (Cactus)
La Bota (Boot)
El Pino (The Pine)
La Mano (The Hand)

Loteria has been referenced intermittently within contemporary Chicano art as a distinctly recognizable shared cultural experience. Loteria’s game format is inherently educational due to its descriptive quality and within our proposed project’s context it will gain relevance among participants of diverse cultural backgrounds that have a shared contemporary experience. The Loteria game is perfectly suited for younger children due to its descriptive format, which requires both visual and oral engagement.

The Loteria game is essentially a Mexican bingo game, however, the calling cards are far more engaging than a random number. Each calling card features an image of a person, plant, animal, or recognizable thing. In addition to the images on the calling cards, each card has an accompanying written verse, riddle, or rhyme used to describe the image in a narrative or otherwise creative way. A verse is read aloud by an announcer and players use the verse to identify its accompanying image. When utilized in educational activity, the verse can serve as an entry point for learning about a particular subject that is represented by an image on a card. Furthermore, players can create their own verses, rhymes, or riddles based on their own associations with the images, which invites dialog and discussion.