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Oppaymolleah's curse. General Braddock's buried gold. The Original Man of Steel, Joe Magarac. Such legends have found a home among the rich folklore of Western Pennsylvania. Thomas White spins a beguiling yarn with tales that reach from the misty hollows of the Alleghenies to the lost islands of Pittsburgh. White invites readers to learn the truth behind the urban legend of the Green Man, speculate on the conspiracy surrounding the lost B-25 bomber of Monongahela and shiver over the ghostly lore of Western Pennsylvania.
An easy-to-use guide to American regional folklore with advice on conducting research, regional essays, and a selective annotated bibliography. * Fully annotated bibliographies on the folklore of each of eight regions of the United States * Engaging overview essays by folklore scholars introduce each of the U.S. regions covered * A list of literary authors who incorporate folklore themes in their writings, together with a brief list of some of their major works * A list of folklore-related museums, with addresses and phone numbers, a list of folklore journals, and, when possible, a list of websites
For folklorists, students, as well as general readers, this is the most comprehensive survey of American folktales and legends currently available. It offers an amazing variety of American legend and lore - everything from Appalachian Jack tales, African American folklore, riddles, trickster tales, tall tales, tales of the supernatural, legends of crime and criminals, tales of women, and even urban legends.The anthology is divided into three main sections - Native American and Hawaiian Narratives, Folktales, and Legends - and within each section the individual stories explore the myriad narrative traditions and genres from various geographic regions of the United States. Each section and tale genre is introduced and placed in its narrative context by noted folklorist Frank de Caro. Tale type and motif indexes complete the work.
If you want to spark young people's interest in history, teach them about the undocumented legends they won't find in their traditional history books. This title offers readers a juicy retelling of what some people speculate is an alternate history of the Americas. From Vikings maps of America hundreds of years before Columbus to the discovery of a lost Christian colony in prehistoric Michigan, this book dares to uncover some of history's most controversial legends.
First published in 1988, this award-winning compendium of New Mexico's folklore is now available in a shorter, easier to use, updated edition. "A masterful encyclopedia. . . . a superb reference to historical folklore traditions in New Mexico up to World War II. It will stand alone as an invaluable synthesis of history, literature, ethnography, and material culture."--Journal of the Southwest "The central theme of the book is the concept of New Mexico life as a multiethnic experience drawn from the Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures. The work is part history, part ethnography, and part anthropology. . . . This is a work that should appeal to all aficionados of New Mexican history and life. . . . A delight to read."--Journal of the West "Demonstrates in a dramatic fashion that the subject matter of folklore is not the quaint and peripheral cultural bypaths of bygone days, but rather a means of approaching the basic attitudes, beliefs, and ways of thinking about things on which much cultural behavior is based. This is a good, thought-provoking job on a monumental task."--Journal of Arizona History "Jam-packed with drama and information. . . . For the newcomer, the long-time resident and the lifetime native of New Mexico, this book will be a delight."--New Mexico Magazine
Cherokee historian and genealogist Emmet Starr's greatest legacy was his 1922 "History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folklore." It remains an invaluable resource for Cherokee historians and geneologists.
Hawkeye Legends, Lists & Lore is the first book to capture the history of all sports of Hawkeye athletes. The authors' research reveals the magic moments of Iowa athletics, a treasure chest of Hawkeye trivia, and a look at the university's nonathletic history. Included are the football exploits of 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick, the basketball heroics of B.J. Armstrong, and the thrills generated by such Hawkeye greats as Don Nelson, Dan Gable, Hayden Fry, and many more. Includes a complete listing of Iowa's letter winners.

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