New PDF release: American Folklore: An Encyclopedia (Garland Reference

American Studies

By Jan Harold Brunvand

ISBN-10: 0815333501

ISBN-13: 9780815333500

Includes over 500 articlesRanging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and machine lore, Pecos invoice, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, greater than 500 articles highlight folks literature, tune, and crafts activities and vacation trips tall stories and mythical figures genres and kinds scholarly techniques and theories areas and ethnic teams performers and creditors writers and students spiritual ideals and practices. The alphabetically prepared entries fluctuate from concise definitions to designated surveys, every one followed by way of a quick, updated bibliography.

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In some circles, sophisticated verbal artistry is conveyed in toasts—lengthy epic poems featuring the escapades of unlikely Black heroes. Other familiar genres of African American folk speech include signifyin’, capping, rapping, loud-talking, and marking. Friendly competition is often the hallmark of these forms as individuals vie for respect by showing off their verbal prowess. Contemporary legends and rumors are as common among African Americans as they are within the dominant culture. Some cycles, like the Kentucky Fried Rat and the mouse in the Coke bottle, are well known by both Blacks and Whites.

Before European contact, both tribes vied for control of the region because its forests and numerous lakes and streams provided a good source for meat and furs. Trails crisscrossed the region linking its numerous lakes and also to the Saint Lawrence, but there is litde evidence of any Native American permanent settlements beyond seasonal camps. European contact is generally dated from 1609, when the French explorer Samuel de Champlain accompanied an Algonquin war party on its way to attack an Iroquois village on what eventually became known as Lake George.

Several museums featuring examples of Adirondack folklife, including both arts and crafts, are open to the public. These public events and displays provide new audiences for the traditions of the Adirondacks. Richard Sweterlitsch References The Adirondacks. 1966. New York Folklore Quarterly 22:2. Bethke, Robert D. 1981. Adirondack Voices: Woodsmen and Lore. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Cutting, Edith E. 1944. Lore of an Adirondack County. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Thomas, Howard.

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