A Tennessee Folklore Sampler: Selections from the Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin, 1935-2009

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Ted Olson, Anthony P. Cavender
Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2009 - History - 429 pages
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Since 1934 the Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin has been a respected source on the wonderfully diverse history and traditions of the Volunteer State, but until now that publication's wide-ranging articles have been largely restricted to the society's membership. With the appearance of A Tennessee Folklore Sampler, editors Ted Olson and Anthony P. Cavender provide a broad audience with a rich selection of the work published over the course of this acclaimed journal's seventy-five-year history.

    Packed with colorful descriptions and analysis of the state's folkways, A Tennessee Folklore Sampler covers all three of the grand divisions of Tennessee--East, Middle, and West-- and includes articles by some prominent students of folklore, among them Charles Wolfe, Charles Faulkner Bryan, Thomas Burton, Donald Davidson, Herbert Halpert, Mildred Haun, Michael Lofaro, Michael Montgomery, and Tom Rankin. Following an introductory section that places the book into historical, cultural, and socioeconomic contexts, A Tennessee Folklore Sampler is divided into ten parts covering material culture, medicine, beliefs and practices, customs, play and recreation lore, speech, legends, ballad and song, instrumental traditions and music collecting, and folk communities. Each part begins with an introduction that places the selections in context and concludes with suggestions for further reading. The appendix features an essay that explores the history of the Tennessee Folklore Society and the evolution of folklore studies of the state.

    The anthology will be a welcome resource for folklorists and scholars in many fields as well as a special treasure for general readers. With more than sixty illustrations complementing the text, A Tennessee Folklore Sampler presents a vivid overview of Tennessee folk culture that illuminates the very soul of the state.

Ted Olson is the author of Blue Ridge Folklife and Breathing in Darkness: Poems, and the coeditor of The Bristol Sessions: Writings about the Big Bang of Country Music. He teaches at East Tennessee State University. Anthony P. Cavender is professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University. He is the author of Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia and has published articles in Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Folklore Research, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Human Organization, Appalachian Journal, and American Speech, among others.
 

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Contents

MATERIAL FOLK CULTURE
1
Illicit Whiskey Making
3
An overview
12
The Vanishing Art of Cooking TableGrade Sorghum Molasses
24
Dale Calhoun and the Reelfoot Lake Boat
29
Further Reading in Material Folk Culture
42
FOLK MEDICINE
43
Folk Remedies
46
Folk Measurement
192
Evidence from the Linguistic Atlas of Gulf States
199
Further Reading in Folk Speech
215
LEGENDS
217
The Hanging of Mary a Circus elephant
219
A Legacy of Blood
228
of the Bell Witch
234
Davy Crockett David Crockett and Me A Personal Journey through Legend into History
243

Folk Medicine in McMinn Polk Bradley and Meigs Counties Tennessee 1910 1927
49
Folk Veterinary Medicine in Upper east Tennessee
60
Further Reading in Folk Medicine
70
FOLK BELIEFS AND PRACTICES
71
A Collection of Middle Tennessee Superstitions
73
Switching for Water
82
Witchlore and Ghostlore in the Great Smokies
87
Some West Tennessee Superstitions about Conjurers Witches Ghosts and the Devil
98
Further Reading in Folk Beliefs and Practices
107
CUSTOMS
109
The Shivaree
111
Historic egg Fight
114
Social Activities Associated with Two Rural Cemeteries in Coffee County Tennessee
119
Shooting the Anvil
126
Further Reading in Customs
140
PLAY AND RECREATION LORE
141
Childrens Games and Amusements in Sumner County in the Good ol Days
143
A Nursery Song and Its Background
154
Cockfighting in east Tennessee and Western North Carolina
161
Further Reading in Play and Recreation Lore
171
FOLK SPEECH
173
Riddles from West Tennessee
175
Further Reading in Tennessee Legends
257
FOLK BALLAD AND SONG
259
Black and White Traditions in Context
261
A Study in Progress of a Tennessee Ballad
278
Successes of the Spirit
292
Scottish Ballads in Southern Appalachia
297
Further Reading in Folk Ballad and Song
305
FOLK MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL TRADITIONS AND FOLK MUSIC COLLECTING
307
The Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer enigma
309
Field Recordings of Southern Black Folk Music 19351942
315
JW and Don Gallagher Master Guitar Craftsmen
336
History Mystery and Revival
347
Instrumental Traditions and Folk Music Collecting
363
FOLK COMMUNITIES
365
The Traditions of Cocke County
367
An Introduction
375
Further Reading in Folk Communities
389
Current Attitudes toward Folklore
391
A Brief History of the Tennessee Folklore Society
397
Past Presidents of the Tennessee Folklore Society
409
Index
411
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Ted Olson is the author of Blue Ridge Folklife and Breathing in Darkness: Poems, and the coeditor of The Bristol Sessions: Writings about the Big Bang of Country Music. He teaches at East Tennessee State University. Anthony P. Cavender is professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University. He is the author of Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia and has published articles in Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Folklore Research, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Human Organization, Appalachian Journal, and American Speech, among others.

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