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BELIEF ABOUT A FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

A RAWHIDE BRACELET IS GIVEN TO YOU BY YOUR FRIEND
AS A TOKEN OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP. IT CONSISTS OF FOUR KNOTS
ONE THE BIGGEST, IS A SQUARE KNOT REPRESENTING SOME EVIL.
THE OTHER THREE REPRESENT IN ORDER, YOUR FRIEND, YOURSELF
AND A WALL. THIS IS SAID TO MEAN THAT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE YOUR FRIEND
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO FACE EVIL HEAD ON, BECAUSE YOUR FRIEND IS IN
FRONT OF YOU, AND THE WALL IS BEHIND YOU.
IT WAS SAID THAT YOU HAD TO WEAR THESE BRACELETS FOR A PERIOD OF
ONE YEAR, OR UNTIL THEY ROTTED OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; POSITION DIRECTION ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: 686 Fourths / Quarters
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Year
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Leather Fur Feather
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 10-23-1970

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BUFFALO HIDES

BUFFALO HIDES WERE OFTEN FILLED WITH VARIOUS VERMIN
AND IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO RID THE ANIMAL SKIN OF THESE.
IT WAS A COMMON PRACTICE AMONG THE INDIANS TO PUT
THE HIDE NEAR A "BLACK ANT" HILL. THE ANTS WOULD
EAT THE VERMIN. THE PROCESS TOOK SEVERAL DAYS, AS
THERE WOULD BE SEVERAL THOUSAND VERMIN EGGS ON THE
HAIR AND SKIN OF THE HIDE.

Where learned: BOOK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Insect
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Leather Fur Feather

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU TAKE A STRIP OF LEATHER, TIE FIVE KNOTS IN IT AND
WEAR IT FOR A YEAR WITHOUT TAKING IT OFF, YOUR WISH WILL
COME TRUE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Leather Fur Feather
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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A "BEAR SCARE" IS A STRAND OF LEATHER MADE INTO A BRACELET
AND RECEIVED FROM A FRIEND. THERE ARE THREE KNOTS IN THE
BRACELET. THE FIRST ONE IS THE BEAR, THE SECOND IS THE
FRIEND, AND THE THIRD IS YOU. YOUR FRIEND WILL ALWAYS KEEP
THE BEAR AWAY FROM YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Leather Fur Feather
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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