Lion: Hi and welcome to the program.
Xuxi: It's great to be here, Lion.
Lion: So you come from Peru, is that right?
Xuxi: Yes, from the Andes. I've been in your country for only a week or so, and so far --
Lion: Excuse me, but how is it that a lion finger puppet came to be in Peru?
Xuxi: I was born there.
Lion: Yes, but isn't that strange? I didn't know there were lions in Peru.
Xuxi: We immigrated.
Xuxi: A long time ago.
Xuxi: Yes, I trace my roots to the Incas.
Lion: You don't say. Is that where your name comes from?
Xuxi: It is Quechuan, actually.
Xuxi: No, Quechuan is my native language. In fact, there are probably some Quechuan words you use and don't even know, like puma and lima beans.
Lion: Do they serve that in Peru?!?!?
Xuxi: Sometimes. You have to be careful.
Lion: Interesting country.
Xuxi: Would you like to hear something in Quechuan?
Lion: OK, I guess. But skip the beans.
Xuxi: Ima raykun sinchita llaqichiwanki?
Lion: What does that mean?
Xuxi: It means "why do you make me suffer so?"
Lion: You've got some attitude, buster. Maybe I should bop you on the nose.
Lion: Maybe we should move along with the interview.
Xuxi: Of course.
Lion: So are there many lion finger puppets in Peru these days?
Xuxi: Quite a few, actually. We try to keep it quiet, but there are large enclaves living high in the Andes.
Lion: Really. How do you make a living?
Xuxi: Well, before I moved here, of course, I mostly gave bicycle tours.
Lion: I've always wanted to take one of those.
Xuxi: You should, the views are great.
Lion: What would you say the major concerns of your people would be?
Xuxi: You mean Peruvian lion finger puppets?
Xuxi: Well, there is something of a yarn shortage going on. Lots of multinational companies are coming along and snatching up the natural resources, mostly to make those cute bags and hats. And without a decent supply of yarn, it's hard for us to grow as a people.
Lion: I can see that.
Xuxi: Other than that...
Lion: Do you have any problems with university funding?
Xuxi: Not as much as you might think.
Lion: What did you major in?
Xuxi: Mathematics, with a minor in traditional dance.
Lion: Here in America we sometimes have difficulty getting scholarships, especially to the larger, more well-known schools. Humans get the "lion's share," if you catch my meaning.
Xuxi: I do indeed.
Lion: Well it was great talking to you, and I hope you enjoy your stay in this country.
Xuxi: Actually I was hoping to stay here for awhile.
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