Julio’s Bridge to the Land of Make-Believe
Dressed in the colors of his native Lenca people, Julio Gonzalez, while still a young boy, wore with pride and love for his native Lenca culture the colors of his heritage that would also represent a bridge to stay connected to the folklore of a historical past that was slowly slipping away. Julio vowed that when he got to be an adult, like his alter-ego, he would encourage everyone in his fascinating multicultural community who told tales, especially to children, to speak the universal language of “play” when bringing folktales, legends and storybooks to life ─ making faces, animal sounds, playful gestures, loud outbursts, etc. ─ as they were done in the past by the elder folks and their “old-timey tales” without fear or embarrassment while being the bridge between reality and make-believe.
Bilingual in Spanish and a polyglot of sorts, J’miah has shared his brand of high-spirited storytelling across the U.S. and Mexico in educational and corporate settings.
He is a recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s ORACLE Award for outstanding service and leadership.