Folktales from the Helotes Settlement

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University of North Texas Press, Dec 15, 2014 - History - 184 pages
The Texas Folklore Society has been publishing a regular volume of folklore research (our PTFS series) for the past several decades. Most of these books are what we call miscellanies, compilations of the works of multiple folklorists, and they feature articles on many types of lore. We’ve also published over twenty "Extra Books," which are single-author manuscripts that examine a more focused topic.  Folktales from the Helotes Settlement by John Igo is Extra Book #25. It's a collection of personal memories from our longest active member, who first joined the Society over fifty years ago. Here we find legends, customs, and beliefs of the people of the Helotes Settlement near San Antonio. These stories capture the lore of a place similar to lots of other places--our places. They're familiar to us all because, when we get right down to it, the Helotes Settlement is not very different from wherever we're from.
 

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Contents

The White Chapel
1
Hitzfelder
2
What Toll Road?
5
Freddie at Maudes
9
Shavano
10
The Mobile Market
13
Stations of the Cross
15
John Marnocks Dog
18
The Rustler
83
Snakes
87
The Invisible Bootleggers
89
The Devils Slide
92
Lost Gold
94
The Totem
96
Postal Service
99
The MerryEye
102

The Other Barber
20
The Dowser
24
Spring
27
By Any Other Name
29
Wayfaring Strangers
31
Charcoal City
34
Cave Dwellers
36
Seabirds
38
Chewing Tobacco
40
The Natural Cure
43
BirdBoy
45
Edwards Flat
48
Daisy and the Stork
50
The Indian Tree
52
The MoellerMarnock Shootout Marnock version
53
The Culvert
55
The Devil in the Outhouse
56
The Trophy Buck
59
Nomad
61
Indian Middens and Graves
63
Fools Gold
67
The Skeleton House
70
Phantom Cemetery
72
Cisterns?
75
The Wolf Man
77
The Buzzard Colony
80
The Barn Ghost
107
Lucys Treasures
110
Murder I
112
The White Witch
114
Murder II
117
Artifacts
118
Cleto
120
Mr Brauchles School
122
Scaring Indians
124
The Kid
125
Sams Innocent Heart
127
July 4 1976
128
The Fence
131
The Famous Stew
133
Our Lady of Zion
134
Watermelons
137
Infant Mortality
138
A Place with Three Mothers
139
Lilys Bottle
142
St Cecilias Eyes
143
The Waltz Contest
145
StoryTeller
147
An Elegy
149
Index
160
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About the author (2014)

John Igo is an award-winning poet and author of many books and plays. He won an Emmy in 1985 for his writing for a one-hour documentary.

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