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FOLLOW THAT DREAM

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH IN HAWAII WHOSE WALLS ARE COVERED WITH
PAINTINGS IN BEAUTIFUL WATER COLOR. THERE IS A LEGEND WHICH SAYS
THAT A YOUNG PRIEST WAS SENT TO THE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO TO BUILD
THE CHURCH. ONCE BUILT, HOWEVER, HE COULDN'T GET THE NATIVES TO
ATTEND. HE HAD A DREAM IN WHICH HE SAW HIMSELF PAINTING. HE TOOK
IT AS A SIGN FROM GOD, AND NEXT DAY HE BEGAN PAINTING PICTURES
NEAR HIS CHURCH. THE NATIVES, CURIOUS, WOULD COME EACH DAY AND
WATCH HIM, EVENTUALLY ACCEPTING HIM AS THEIR FRIEND. THE
PAINTINGS STILL HANG IN THE CHURCH.

Submitter comment: HEARD AT SCHOOL SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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FOLK ART

GUM CHAIN

Submitter comment: IN THE MID-1960'S, THE MAKING OF GUM CHAINS WAS AN ESPECIALLY
POPULAR FAD AMONG HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS. THE IDEA WAS TO MAKE A CHAIN
THE SAME HEIGHT AS YOUR BOYFRIEND, AND THEN HANG IT IN YOUR ROOM.
EVERYONE WHO KNEW A GIRL WHO WAS MAKING ONE HAD TO SAVE ALL THEIR GUM
WRAPPERS FOR HER. SOON, HOWEVER, YOUNGER GIRLS (OF GRADE SCHOOL
AGE) LEARNED HOW TO MAKE THE CHAINS, AND THE TEENAGE GIRLS STOPPED.
CHAINS WERE SOMETIMES MADE BY PATTERNS--FIVE WRAPPERS OF ONE
COLOR IN A ROW, FOLLOWED BY FIVE OF ANOTHER COLOR, ETC.--OR MIGHT BE
ONE SOLID COLOR, OR MIGHT BE A CONGLOMERATE OF RANDOM COLORS.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

Date learned: 10-00-1973

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WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL WE HAD A CUSTOM OF
DECORATING A GIRL'S LOCKER IF IT WAS HER
BIRTHDAY. IN ADDITION WE WOULD MAKE AN
ADORNMENT OF SOME KIND OF CANDY AND GUM FOR
HER TO WEAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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WHEN I WAS A KID AND DIDN'T HAVE MONEY TO BUY GLUE, I
USED HONEY INSTEAD.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; PICKENS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

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AS A CHILD, I USED SYRUP FOR GLUE.

Submitter comment: MY MOTHER DID NOT WANT ME TO INCLUDE THIS ITEM IN MY PROJECT
BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT IT WAS SILLY.

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

Date learned: 10-08-1984 ; OOOO1930S

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My parents bought a statue at a little market in Aruba.
There, it is customary to carry on the tradition of carving.
Ours is a black lady wearing a turban on her head with her
eyes closed. She is made out of mahogany. She looks so
peaceful that we wonder if she isn't a goddess to the
people in Aruba.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
BELIEF -- Gods

Date learned: 03-00-1988

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IT IS A TRADITION IN THE GRUBBS FAMILY TO MAKE A QUILT
FOR EVERY CHILD THAT GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL. ALL
THE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY CONTRIBUTE TO THE QUILT.

Submitter comment: ONE DESIGN THE COLLECTOR KNOWS OF WAS MADE FOR A YOUNG
MAN WHO HAD ENLISTED IN THE AIR FORCE. THE QUILT WAS
A LARGE AMERICAN FLAG SURROUNDED BY NUMEROUS SMALLER
FLAGS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; DEXTER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

Date learned: 00-00-1988

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FOLLOW THAT DREAM

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH IN HAWAII WHOSE WALLS ARE COVERED WITH
PAINTINGS IN BEAUTIFUL WATER COLOR. THERE IS A LEGEND WHICH SAYS
THAT A YOUNG PRIEST WAS SENT TO THE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO TO BUILD
THE CHURCH. ONCE BUILT, HOWEVER, HE COULDN'T GET THE NATIVES TO
ATTEND. HE HAD A DREAM IN WHICH HE SAW HIMSELF PAINTING. HE TOOK
IT AS A SIGN FROM GOD, AND NEXT DAY HE BEGAN PAINTING PICTURES
NEAR HIS CHURCH. THE NATIVES, CURIOUS, WOULD COME EACH DAY AND
WATCH HIM, EVENTUALLY ACCEPTING HIM AS THEIR FRIEND. THE
PAINTINGS STILL HANG IN THE CHURCH.

Submitter comment: HEARD AT SCHOOL SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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FOLLOW THAT DREAM

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH IN HAWAII WHOSE WALLS ARE COVERED WITH
PAINTINGS IN BEAUTIFUL WATER COLOR. THERE IS A LEGEND WHICH SAYS
THAT A YOUNG PRIEST WAS SENT TO THE ISLAND MANY YEARS AGO TO BUILD
THE CHURCH. ONCE BUILT, HOWEVER, HE COULDN'T GET THE NATIVES TO
ATTEND. HE HAD A DREAM IN WHICH HE SAW HIMSELF PAINTING. HE TOOK
IT AS A SIGN FROM GOD, AND NEXT DAY HE BEGAN PAINTING PICTURES
NEAR HIS CHURCH. THE NATIVES, CURIOUS, WOULD COME EACH DAY AND
WATCH HIM, EVENTUALLY ACCEPTING HIM AS THEIR FRIEND. THE
PAINTINGS STILL HANG IN THE CHURCH.

Submitter comment: HEARD AT SCHOOL SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Art Craft

Date learned: 08-08-1964

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