American Folklore: An Encyclopedia (Garland Reference by Jan Harold Brunvand

By Jan Harold Brunvand

Comprises over 500 articlesRanging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and computing device lore, Pecos invoice, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, greater than 500 articles highlight folks literature, song, and crafts activities and vacation trips tall stories and mythical figures genres and types scholarly techniques and theories areas and ethnic teams performers and creditors writers and students spiritual ideals and practices. The alphabetically prepared entries differ from concise definitions to precise surveys, every one observed by way of a quick, up to date bibliography.

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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. But cycles specific to the concerns of African Americans have evolved and are well contained within the group.

Major, Clarence. 1994. Juba to Jive: A Dictionary of Ajrican American Slang. New York: Penguin Books. Morgan, Kathryn J. 1980. Children of Strangers: The Stories of a Black Family. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Roberts, John W. 1989. From Trickster to Badman: The Black Folk Hero from Slavery to Freedom. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Southern, Eileen. 1983. The Music of Black Americans: A History. Norton. Turner, Patricia A. 1993. I Heard It through the Grapevine: Rumor in African American Culture.

Tebo” tells howTebo died while breaking a log jam. ” Many of the logging songs collected in the Adirondacks are localized versions of songs that can be found throughout the United States and Canada, wherever the axes of the lumbermen rang through the forests. Collectors in this century also have found a rich tradition of Anglo, Anglo Irish, and French Canadian ballads existing alongside these American logging ballads. Efforts at revitalizing or maintaining some of the Adirondack folklife traditions seek to tap tourist dollars and to educate local people and visitors about Adirondack life.

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