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ORIGIN OF THE PEARLS OF THE PERSIAN GULF

TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ, THE RIVER TIGRIS REPRESENTED A
BEAUTIFUL GIRL WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE HANDSOME EUPHRATES.
THEIR FAMILIES OPPOSED THE MARRIAGE BUT THEY RAN AWAY FROM HOME
UNTIL THEY MET IN THE SOUTH OF IRAQ IN ONE WIDE RIVER.
WHEN THE TWO LOVERS MET THEY WEPT, AND THEIR HAPPINESS TEARS
ARE STILL PICKED UP BY DIVERS IN THE ARAB GULF AS BEAUTIFUL AND
PRECIOUS PEARLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL: PEARL OYSTER (MOLLUSK)

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material

Date learned: 12-00-1965

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SLAVIC BREAD TRADITIONS

MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS MADE BREADS AND ROLLS FOR CHRISTMAS.
WITH THE LEFTOVER DOUGH WHICH THEY CALLED SLINGSHOT BREAD
SHE WOULD MAKE THE FIGURE OF THE BABY JESUS. THIS IS A
CROATIAN SLAVIK TRADITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD SCULPTURE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Pastry
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1941

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Yard brooms

People would gather branches, tree limbs and straw, tie them
together to make a yard broom.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

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GUM CHAINS

WE USED TO MAKE GUMWRAPPER CHAINS OUT OF THE WRAPPERS
FROM ANY BRAND OF STICK GUM. WE DID IT BY FOLDING
THE WRAPPERS IN HALF THE LONG WAY AND THEN THE SHORT
WAY, AND CONNECTING THE PIECES. WHEN THE CHAIN GOT
LONG ENOUGH, A GIRL WAS SUPPOSED TO BURN IT IN FRONT
OF THE GUY SHE LIKED, AND HE WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE IT
FROM THERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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Environmental Factor

Product of Environmental Factor:

Making a snowman

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Build ; ENVIRONMENT ; Product ; Snowman

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material

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