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POLISH PROVERB

AN ACHING FINGER AND A HEADACHE ARE TYPICAL EXCUSES FOR
MISSING SCHOOL.
PALUSZEK I GLOWKA TO SZKOLNA WYMOWKA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN (POLISH)

James Callow Keyword(s): ABSENTEEISM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-01-1967

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PROVERBIAL APOTHEGM

ACT IN SUCH A MANNER IN WHICH YOU WOULDN'T MIND TO BE SEEN BY OTHERS.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN (LITHUANIAN)

James Callow Keyword(s): ADVICE: POSITIVE ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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AFTER THE RAIN

AFTER THE DAYS OF UNPLEASANT WEATHER AND RAIN THE LORD BRINGS FORTH
DAYS OF SUNSHINE AND CHEER AGAIN. (ETTER REGN OCHOVADER, LATER
GUDATERIGEN SOLEN SKINA.)
SWEDISH

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS OLD SWEDISH PROVERB FROM OVER SIXTY
YEARS AGO. IT REFLECTS A BASIC RELIGIOUS FAITH IN GOD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN: SWEDISH ; RELIGIOUS ; WEATHER SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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Ethnic:Hawaiian

WHEN TRAVELERS LEAVE HAWAII, THEY THROW THEIR LEIS
OVER THE SIDE OF THE SHIP. IF IT FLOATS TO SHORE THEY WILL
RETURN, IF IT FLOATS TO SEA, THEY WILL NEVER
RETURN.

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Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; Float ; FLOWERS ; Garland ; Hawaii ; Hawaiian ; Lei ; Lore ; Ocean ; SEA ; Ship

James Callow Keyword(s): FLOWERS ; Garland ; Lei ; NECK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 03-19-1968

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Ethnic: Italian

IT IS AN OLD ITALIAN CUSTOM THAT DURING LENT NOTHING MADE FROM EGGS
ARE ( IS ) EATEN UNTIL HOLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

Submitter comment:

THIS CUSTOM WAS PASSED TO THE INFORMANT FROM HER MOTHER AND
ORIGINALLY CAME FROM SOUTHERN ITALY.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated / 02-24-2011 / TRD

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PORT CHESTER

Keyword(s): ABSTINENCE ; CUSTOM ; Eggs ; ETHNIC ; FOOD ; holiday ; Italian ; Lent ; RELIGIOUS ; SELF-SACRIFICE

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Christian Chronology

Date learned: 11-28-1970

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Ethnic:Polish Superstition

IF A YOUNG GIRL SINGS AT THE TABLE, SHE WILL MARRY A CRAZY HUSBAND.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT IS A FRIEND OF MINE WHO REMEMBERS THIS FROM HER CHILDHOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; ETHNIC ; HUSBAND ; MANNERS ; Omen, Singing ; POLISH ; SUPERSTITION ; TABLE MANNERS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 02-00-1971

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HOLLANDER JOKE

HEAR ABOUT THE MAN IN FLORIDA WHO WANTED FLAMINGOES
IN FRONT OF HIS HOTEL?
HE PAINTED SOME HOLLANDERS PINK AND PLANTED
THEM IN HIS FRONT YARD.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): BIRDS ; DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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HOLLANDER JOKE

HOW DO YOU GET THE HOLLANDERS OUT OF YOUR FRONT LAWN?
THROW YOUR GARBAGE IN THE BACK YARD.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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NEGRO JOKE

WHY ARE TAR ROADS IN DETROIT SO BUMPY?
EVERYTIME A PERSON HITS A JIG THE ROADS
GET BLACK TOPPED SOME MORE.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; RATHSKELLER

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON THROW THE CLOCK OUT THE WINDOW?
HE WANTED TO SEE TIME FLY.

Submitter comment:

HE LEARNED THIS FROM FRIENDS AT SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; PROVERB: TIME FLIES

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-11-1967

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HOLLANDER JOKE

WHY DO HOLLANDERS' CASKETS HAVE TWO HANDLES?
IT'S EASIER TO DUMP IT IN THE GARBAGE TRUCK THAT WAY.

Submitter comment:

HE LEARNED IT FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): DUTCH ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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ITALIAN JOKE

WHY DOES TIME GO BY SO FAST IN ITALY?
EVERY TIME YOU LOOK UP A DAY-GOES BY.

Submitter comment:

HE LEARNED IT FROM FRIENDS

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): DAGO SLANG ; ETHNIC

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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ITALIAN JOKE

HOW DO ITALIAN CARS SOUND?
DEY GO AND DEY-GO...WHEN THEY GET A FLAT THEY GO WOP-WOP-WOP

Submitter comment:

HEARD THIS IN DORMITORY

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; SLANG NAME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Blason Populaire
RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-07-1967

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RIDDLE QUESTION

WHAT'S BLACK OUTSIDE AND WHITE INSIDE?
DEARBORN

Submitter comment: HEARD FROM CLASSMATE AT ST. ALPHONOUS
HIGH SCHOOL IN DEARBORN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; EXCLUSION OF BLACKS FROM DEARBORN, MICHIGAN HOUSING ; RACE SEGREGATION ; SATIRE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 09-27-1967

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON TAKE A RULER TO BED WITH HIM?
HE WANTED TO SEE HOW LONG HE SLEPT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON TAKE HIS CLOCK TO BED WITH HIM?
HE WANTED TO SLEEP THE TIME AWAY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON PUT ICE IN HIS FATHER'S BED?
HE LIKED COLD POP

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-15-1969

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MORON JOKE

WHY DID THE MORON BURY BEER BOTTLES IN HIS BACKYARD?
HE WANTED TO HAVE A BEER GARDEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 10-01-1969

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IF YOU EAT BREAD CRUSTS YOU WILL HAVE BLACK CURLY HAIR.

Submitter comment: IN AN ATTEMPT TO CURE MY BLOND HAIR,
MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD TELL ME THIS AS A CHILD.
BLACK HAIR IS CONSIDERED THE LOVELIEST FEATURE
A ROMANIAN WOMAN CAN HAVE AND HAS BEEN CONSIDERED SO FOR GENERATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BREAD ; ETHNIC SUPERSTITION ; HAIR COLOR ; ROMANIAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 11-26-1971

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A POLISH SONG: IN A CELLAR MADE OF BRICK

IN A CELLAR MADE OF BRICK
OUTLAWS DANCED WITH NIMBLE FEET.
"PLAY YOUR BEST THERE} " THEY CALLED OUT.
"WATCH OUR FEET", THEY CALLED WITH PRIDE.
HEY, HA}
I WOULD DANCE TOO, IF I COULD
IF MY LEGS WEREN,T BADLY BOWED.
BUT ALAS} MY LEGS ARE BOWED
WHEN I LEAP THEY BEND TOO MUCH.
HEY, HA}
HEY THERE LEADER, OUR LEADER
YOU HAVE GOT SOME GOOD BOYS HERE
YOU,D HAVE EVEN BETTER ONES
IF YOU,D GIVE THEM SOME CHEESE ONCE.
UHA}

Submitter comment:

SEE ORIGINAL 5 X 8 INCH CARD
THE TRANSLATION IS OF HARRIET PAWLAWSKA WITH EXCEPTION OF THE LAST
VERSE WHICH OUR FAMILY KNOWS. THE MUSIC IS TRANSCRIBED BY GRACE
ENGEL EXCEPT FOR THE LAST NOTE. THIS IS A MOUNTAINEER SONG.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Scan of music in process.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ; Lyrics ; POLAND ; POLISH ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Joy Happiness

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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