Uncle Monday and other Florida tales

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University Press of Mississippi, 2001 - Fiction - 196 pages
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Few states can boast the multitude of cultures that created Florida. Native American, African American, Afro-Caribbean, White, and Hispanic traditions all brought their styles of storytelling to fashion Florida's legends and lore.Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales captures the way the state of Florida has been shaped by its unique environment and inhabitants.Written for adults, children, and folklorists, this gathering of forty-nine folktales comes from a wide variety of sources with many drawn from the WPA materials in Florida's Department of State archives. Kitty Kitson Petterson's detailed pen-and-ink drawings illustrate each narrative. The stories represent a cross-section of the ethnic diversity of the state.The book is divided into five sections: "How Things Came to Be the Way They Are", "People with Special Powers", "Food, Friends and Family", "Unusual Places, Spaces, and Events", and "Ghosts and the Supernatural". Within these sections are stories with titles ranging from "How the Gopher Turtle was Made" to the improbable "The Woman Who Fed Her Husband a Leg Which She Dug Up from a Cemetery". In these tales Florida is a world full of magic, humor, and adventure. There are tall tales, old magical legends, even quirky, almost straightforward narratives about everyday living, such as one story titled, "My First Job".Kristin G. Congdon's informative introduction discusses the origins of Florida tales and the state's storytelling tradition. A reflection accompanies each story to guide readers to a deeper understanding of historical context, morals, and issues. Although oriented towards children, Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales is also accessible to adults,particularly scholars interested in the state's folklore and oral traditions. Whether in a clas

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Art and philosophy professor Congdon (Univ. of Florida, Orlando) and freelance artist Petterson have had a lifelong love affair with their adopted home state since they visited it on spring break ... Read full review


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KRISTIN G. CONGDON is a Professor of Art and Philosophy at the University of Central Florida. She has published extensively on the study of folk arts, community arts, and contemporary art issues. She is co-editor of several books. She is the 1998 and 1999 recipient of the Manual Barken Memorial Award for scholarship from the National Art Education and the 1998 Ziegfeld Award from the United States Society for Education Through Art for international work in the arts.

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