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STRETCHING THE LOG

BACK IN POLAND, MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A FARMER WHO WAS
BUILDING A BARN. HAVING CUT ONE OF THE LOGS TOO SHORT, THE
FARMER CALLED TO HIS NEIGHBOR TO BRING HIS OXEN. THE TWO
FARMERS HITCHED BOTH OF THEIR ANIMALS TO THE SHORT LOG AND
PULLED IT UNTIL IT WAS THE RIGHT SIZE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS 81 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

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SUPERSTITION

THERE IS THE BELIEF IN QUEBEC, CANADA, THAT THE STATUE ON THE CHURCH
OF STE. ANNE DE BEAUPRE IS INCAPABLE OF BURNING DESPITE THE
FACT THAT IT IS MADE UP OF WOOD AND WOOD IS EASILY BURNED.
THIS IS SAID
TO BE A MIRACULOUS POWER AND THAT NOT EVEN THE FIERY POWERS OF SATAN
HIMSELF COULD DESTROY, HURT OR MUTILATE THIS HOLY STATUE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED ITEM WHILE IN CANADA ON TOUR OF MARIAN SHRINES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Church

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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SAGINAW SAWDUST

IF YOU GO DOWN 30 FEET BELOW GENESSEE STREET IN SAGINAW, MICHIGAN
YOU WILL HIT SAWDUST. THE TOWN WAS BUILT IN A SWAMP, AND SO THEY
USED SAWDUST AND BARK AS A FOUNDATION TO MAKE THE PLACE LESS
SWAMPY. IT WAS A LUMBERING TOWN, AND HAD LOTS OF SAWMILLS.
THE SIDEWALKS WERE BUILT ON STILTS, AND MS. BOW WAS TOLD BY
HER GRANDPA MANY STORIES OF LIFE IN SAGINAW AROUND 1880 TO 1900.

Submitter comment: MS. BOW HAS A VERY LACONICAL STYLE OF DELIVERY OF THESE STORIES.
I WAS GETTING MORE AND MORE EXCITED AS SHE TOLD THEM TO ME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Grouping of Structures Settlement
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 04-02-1982

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UKRAINIAN WOOD CARVING

MANY ARTICLES ARE DECORATIVELY CARVED FROM WOOD BY A
GROUP OF UKRAINIANS CALLED HUTSULS. VARIOUS GEOMETRIC
SHAPES ARE CAREFULLY CHISELED INTO THE WOOD. SOME OF THE
SYMBOLS USED IN EASTER EGG ART ARE USED IN THE WOOD CARVING.
THIS DECORATIVE CARVED WOOD APPEARS AS PLATES, FANCY
WOODEN CONTAINERS WITH COVERS, CANDLESTICKS, AND JEWELRY
SUCH AS BEADS, BROOCHES, AND BRACELETS. SOMETIMES THE
CARVED WOOD IS IMPLANTED WITH COLORFUL GLASS BEADS TO
ACCENTUATE THE VARIOUS SHAPES AND DESIGNS.

Submitter comment: MANY UKRAINIAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES REQUEST THESE ITEMS
FROM FAMILY MEMBERS STILL IN THE UKRAINE. THEY ADD THESE
ITEMS TO THEIR OWN COLLECTIONS OR GIVE THEM AS GIFTS FOR
VERY SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SHAMOKIN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd

Date learned: 00001960S

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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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STRETCHING THE LOG

BACK IN POLAND, MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A FARMER WHO WAS
BUILDING A BARN. HAVING CUT ONE OF THE LOGS TOO SHORT, THE
FARMER CALLED TO HIS NEIGHBOR TO BRING HIS OXEN. THE TWO
FARMERS HITCHED BOTH OF THEIR ANIMALS TO THE SHORT LOG AND
PULLED IT UNTIL IT WAS THE RIGHT SIZE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS 81 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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STRETCHING THE LOG

BACK IN POLAND, MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A FARMER WHO WAS
BUILDING A BARN. HAVING CUT ONE OF THE LOGS TOO SHORT, THE
FARMER CALLED TO HIS NEIGHBOR TO BRING HIS OXEN. THE TWO
FARMERS HITCHED BOTH OF THEIR ANIMALS TO THE SHORT LOG AND
PULLED IT UNTIL IT WAS THE RIGHT SIZE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS 81 YEARS OLD.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Lie Tall tale
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Animal housingBarnPen

Date learned: 01-20-1968

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Music

The article studies three historical traditions of the banjo, the folk, minstrel popular, and classical.

Traditions of the banjo are characterized by:

a) The ways in which knowledge of the banjo was transmitted.

b) Closeness of the performer or craftsman to his audience or clientele

c) Self-perceived relation between the craftsman or musician to other crafstmen or musicians.

Exact origins of banjo unknown. Possible from West Africa with slaves.

Earliest banjo was made from a gourd.

Frets introduced in the 1860's and 70's

Peak of development (quality) in 1920's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: ; The Physical Development of the Banjo ; New York Folklore Quarterly

Keyword(s): Audience ; Banjo ; Classical ; Craftsman ; Folk ; Fret ; GOURD ; HISTORY ; Instrument ; Minstrel ; MUSIC ; Origin ; Performer ; Slaves

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

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