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OAK ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA

ON THIS ISLAND, THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE IMMENSE TREASURE. MANY
PROSPECTORS HAVE TRIED TO FIND IT BY BUILDING MINING SHAFTS. AT
ONE TIME, THE PROSPECTORS HIT A SLAB OF WOOD AND FOUND SOME GOLD.
BUT SINCE THEN, THE PROSPECTORS HAVE HAD BAD LUCK, THEIR SHAFTS
HAVE MYSTERIOUSLY FLOODED AND NO GOLD HAS TURNED UP. IN ADDITION,
THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS OF CRIME ON THE ISLAND, (AND) A FEW
PROSPECTORS HAVE EVEN BEEN KILLED.

Submitter comment: I READ THIS IN "TRUE" MAGAZINE A FEW YEARS BACK.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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NAME

"SOURDOUGH" WAS THE NAME GIVEN TO THE PROSPECTORS WHO MINED FOR
GOLD IN ALASKA. THESE MEN SAVED A PIECE OF BREAD DOUGH EACH TIME
THEY BAKED, AND CARRIED IT WITH THEM IN ORDER TO HAVE LEAVENING
OR A "STARTER" FOR THE NEXT BAKING.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE'S A STORY TOLD OF A KENTUCKIAN AND TEXAN: SAYS THE MAN
FROM KENTUCKY TO THE LONE STAR RANGER, "WHY, WE HAVE MORE MONEY
IN THIS HERE BLUE GRASS COUNTRY THAN YOU HAVE IN YOUR ENTIRE LAND
OF TEXAS, WHY WE COULD BUILD A FENCE OF GOLD AROUND THE WHOLE
STATE!"
SAYS THE TEXAN IN HIS SLOW DRAWL, "WHY, PARTNER, YOU DO THAT AND
I JUST MIGHT BUY IT!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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STONE AND COPPER ART

TWO 5X8 CARDS SHOWING TWO 3X3 COLOR PHOTOS OF THE ARTWORK
SEE SU 692406-1 TO 692406-2

Submitter comment: THIS ARTWORK COMES FROM BRAZIL. ON THE BACK OF EACH PIECE IS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
(ORIGINAL SPELLING RETAINED). I DECLARE THAT THIS IS REAL COPPER HANDWORK, APPLICATED ONTO
TRUE FOSSILISED STONE WHICH IS MORE TAN 120 MILLIONS YEARS OLD. MADE BIJ YOUR WELKNOWN DUTCH
ARTIST, JOHANNES WILHELMUS VAN DARTELEN. UNIQUE IN THE WORLD: THE ARTIST GIVES HIS ADDRESS AS
AVENIDA BRASIL 456, CAMPINAS, E.S.PAULO, BRASIL IF WHAT THE ARTIST SAYS ABOUT HIS WORK BEING
UNIQUE IS TRUE THEN THE ARTWORK ISN'T REALLY FOLKART. I TURNED IT IN HOWEVER FOR I CANNOT
BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD THAT MAKES THIS TYPE OF ARTWORK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PARENTS HOME ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Stone

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Latvian Ring

In a Latvian family, each family member is given a Latvian ring.
The ring is similar for males and females, and can be crafted of
silver or gold. It is made up of separate strands of gold or silver
wound together by a braid-like strand. It symbolizes the strength of
the Latvian people when they bind together.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00001971ca

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IF YOU HAVE PIERCED EARS AND WEAR EARRINGS WITH A
GOLD BASE, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE HEADACHES.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED OF THIS FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE ILE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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OAK ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA

ON THIS ISLAND, THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE IMMENSE TREASURE. MANY
PROSPECTORS HAVE TRIED TO FIND IT BY BUILDING MINING SHAFTS. AT
ONE TIME, THE PROSPECTORS HIT A SLAB OF WOOD AND FOUND SOME GOLD.
BUT SINCE THEN, THE PROSPECTORS HAVE HAD BAD LUCK, THEIR SHAFTS
HAVE MYSTERIOUSLY FLOODED AND NO GOLD HAS TURNED UP. IN ADDITION,
THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS OF CRIME ON THE ISLAND, (AND) A FEW
PROSPECTORS HAVE EVEN BEEN KILLED.

Submitter comment: I READ THIS IN "TRUE" MAGAZINE A FEW YEARS BACK.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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NAME

"SOURDOUGH" WAS THE NAME GIVEN TO THE PROSPECTORS WHO MINED FOR
GOLD IN ALASKA. THESE MEN SAVED A PIECE OF BREAD DOUGH EACH TIME
THEY BAKED, AND CARRIED IT WITH THEM IN ORDER TO HAVE LEAVENING
OR A "STARTER" FOR THE NEXT BAKING.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOT GIVEN

THERE'S A STORY TOLD OF A KENTUCKIAN AND TEXAN: SAYS THE MAN
FROM KENTUCKY TO THE LONE STAR RANGER, "WHY, WE HAVE MORE MONEY
IN THIS HERE BLUE GRASS COUNTRY THAN YOU HAVE IN YOUR ENTIRE LAND
OF TEXAS, WHY WE COULD BUILD A FENCE OF GOLD AROUND THE WHOLE
STATE!"
SAYS THE TEXAN IN HIS SLOW DRAWL, "WHY, PARTNER, YOU DO THAT AND
I JUST MIGHT BUY IT!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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OAK ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA

ON THIS ISLAND, THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE IMMENSE TREASURE. MANY
PROSPECTORS HAVE TRIED TO FIND IT BY BUILDING MINING SHAFTS. AT
ONE TIME, THE PROSPECTORS HIT A SLAB OF WOOD AND FOUND SOME GOLD.
BUT SINCE THEN, THE PROSPECTORS HAVE HAD BAD LUCK, THEIR SHAFTS
HAVE MYSTERIOUSLY FLOODED AND NO GOLD HAS TURNED UP. IN ADDITION,
THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS OF CRIME ON THE ISLAND, (AND) A FEW
PROSPECTORS HAVE EVEN BEEN KILLED.

Submitter comment: I READ THIS IN "TRUE" MAGAZINE A FEW YEARS BACK.

Where learned: NEW HAMPSHIRE ; MILFORD

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-13-1967

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NAME

"SOURDOUGH" WAS THE NAME GIVEN TO THE PROSPECTORS WHO MINED FOR
GOLD IN ALASKA. THESE MEN SAVED A PIECE OF BREAD DOUGH EACH TIME
THEY BAKED, AND CARRIED IT WITH THEM IN ORDER TO HAVE LEAVENING
OR A "STARTER" FOR THE NEXT BAKING.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper
Food Drink -- Plant food Cereal

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NOT GIVEN

THERE'S A STORY TOLD OF A KENTUCKIAN AND TEXAN: SAYS THE MAN
FROM KENTUCKY TO THE LONE STAR RANGER, "WHY, WE HAVE MORE MONEY
IN THIS HERE BLUE GRASS COUNTRY THAN YOU HAVE IN YOUR ENTIRE LAND
OF TEXAS, WHY WE COULD BUILD A FENCE OF GOLD AROUND THE WHOLE
STATE!"
SAYS THE TEXAN IN HIS SLOW DRAWL, "WHY, PARTNER, YOU DO THAT AND
I JUST MIGHT BUY IT!"

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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Superstition

The only objects that are supposed to be able to kill witches are those that are made of silver.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Gold Silver Copper

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