Doña Inés - Panamanian Children's Songs - Panama - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*Variation: Usaba falda blanca = Usaba falta larga (She wore a long skirt).
**A Bandana

Game Instructions

This is a Circle Game: The children go in a circle singing and clapping. Doña Inés is in the middle, twirling sassily to the song's rhythm, usually blindfolded with an American headkerchief (a bandana), like these, because everybody used to have one. If possible, they'll also have another one in the hand and will be shaking it. Sometimes the clapping children go round and round but in the opposite direction that Doña Inés' twirls.

The last child pointed to goes running out of the circle, and Doña Inés runs after him. If Doña Inés catches him, he's the new Doña Inés. If Doña Inés doesn't, the child who is Doña Inés starts all over again. A friend told me in her neighborhood, Doña Inés could whip with the handkerchief in the hand when chasing, and if it whipped you, that counted as tagged. -Edith



Many thanks to Edith I. C.-P. V. for singing this song for us.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Edith I. C.-P. V. for contributing and translating this song and for contributing the instructions.

¡Muchas gracias!