Buying the Wind: Regional Folklore in the United States

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1972 - Social Science - 592 pages
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This anthology of regional folklore displays the abundance, humor, and continuing vigor of the American oral tradition. The collection explores rich and distinctive lore of Maine Down-Easters, Pennsylvania Dutchmen, Southern mountaineers, Louisiana Cajuns, Illinois Egyptians, Southwest Mexicans, and Utah Mormons.

Their tales, songs, riddles, proverbs, games, superstitions, and customs provide a wealth of living folklore presented here as it was recorded in the field. And this unvarnished folklore fact—retains the spicy flavor of authentic narrative, told in the vernacular of the skillful folk storyteller.

 

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Contents

MAINE DOWNEASTERS
21
SEA TRADITIONS
27
HERO LEGENDS OF BARNEY BEAL
40
WITCHES AND SPIRITS
55
ANECDOTES OF LOCAL CHARACTERS
65
PASTOKELA
66
JOCULAR TALES
78
COB BIDOS 180
80
CONJURE HOODOO AND GRISGRIS
267
FOLK CELEBRATION 271
274
CHANSONS
282
ILLINOIS EGYPTIANS
289
PLACE NAMES
295
BOGIES
312
FOLK MEDICINE
323
FOLK BELIEFS
333

LOCAL BALLADS
95
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCHMEN
107
FARM FOLK BELIEFS
118
BELIEF TALES
126
PROVERBS
136
PROVERBIAL TALES llf 6
146
SONGS
156
SOUTHERN MOUNTAINEERS
163
JOCULAR TALES
181
MURDER LEGENDS AND BALLADS
190
CANTE FABLES
203
RIDDLES
213
carols 225
225
FOLKWAYS
235
CONTES POPTJLAIRES 246
246
FOLK DOCTORS
261
FOLKTALES 311
341
FOLK SPEECH
359
GAMES AND GAME RHYMES
367
FOLKSONGS
389
SOUTHWEST MEXICANS
415
LEYENDAS
436
CUENTOS
442
MAL DE OJO AND SUSTO 455
455
ADIVINANZAS
463
UTAH MORMONS 197
497
LOCAL LEGENDS
509
FOLKSONGS OF MORMONS
523
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS CITED
536
INDEX OP SUBJECTS PLACES PERSONS AND TITLES 515
560
INDEX OF COLLECTORS
573
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In 1957, Richard M. Dorson replaced Stith Thompson as the head of folklore studies at Indiana University, establishing himself as a major scholar and perhaps the foremost influence in the field. Dorson is often called the father of American folklore. In addition, he is given credit for bringing about an international or cross-cultural approach to the subject. Dorson was editor of the Journal of American Folklore (1959-63), president of the American Folklore Society (1967-68), and author of numerous studies on the subject. His textbook, American Folklore (1959), which employs a historical approach, was the first comprehensive study of the subject. In it he attempted to bring about what he calls a hemispheric theory, wherein the disciplines of both folklore and history are combined, stressing the intimate bonds between the culture of the folk and the history of the American experience. It is still recognized as a classic work.

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