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PROVERB

A CHAIN IS ONLY AS STRONG AS ITS WEAKEST LINK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Iron
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 11-24-1968

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UKRAINIAN NATIONAL FLAG

THE TRADITIONAL FLAG IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS HORIZONTALLY
WITH THE TOP HALF BEING LIGHT BLUE AND THE BOTTOM YELLOW.
THE BLUE REFLECTS THE SKY AND THE YELLOW SIGNIFIES THE
GOLDEN WHEAT FIELDS OF UKRAINE. THE FLAG IS DISPLAYED IN
UKRAINIAN CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, AND HALLS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; ROCHESTER

Keyword(s): SYMBOL

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 00001950S

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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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French Nativity Scene

The Nativity Scene used in the French culture are called
Santons. The santons are clay figures made by artisans. Some are
colorfully painted, while others are left in the natural clay
state. French families collect these Santons and display them
during the Christmas Season. The central figures represent the
nativity scene including, the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, shepherd,
the three Kings, and the traditional animals such as sheep, cows
and camels. In addition, many other figures represent the typical
townspeople and their occupations as they were in the nineteenth
century in Southern France.

Submitter comment: The first time Cynthia went to France, it was to study at the
University of Nice. This is where she discovered the custom of
the Santon. Since she teaches a French class at Western Michigan
University, she passes this French tradition on to the students
showing off her collection. Each time she returns to Nice, she
buys another figurine in order to expand her collection. At the
present time, she has about sixty figures in her collection.

Where learned: FRANCE ; Nice

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Clay
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

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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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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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CRAFT-FINISHED PRODUCT

JOGGLING BOARD: IS A LONG (ABOUT 20 FT) BOARD PLACED ON TWO
ROCKERS THAT ALLOW IT TO JOGGLE OR ROCK WHEN A PERSON SITS ON IT
OR PUSHES IT FROM SIDE TO SIDE. THE ONE AT MY HOME IN EDGEFIELD,
S.C., IS THE ONLY I'VE EVER SEEN. IT IS ABOUT 70 YEARS OLD, AND
HAND MADE FROM HEART PINE. THE MAIN BOARD IS ABOUT 2 FEET WIDE
AND 1 INCH THICK--ITS SIZE MAKING IT UNIQUE. THE JOGGLING BOARD
WAS MADE TO BE USED ON THE LARGE PORCHES OF THE COLONIAL TYPE
HOME.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; EDGEFIELD

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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MAPLE LEAF QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1952

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BABY NINE PATCH QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1937

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STAR QUILT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1943

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IMPROVED NINE PATCHWORK QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1942

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BOW TIE QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1938

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BUTTERFLY QUILT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1933

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FLOWER GARDEN QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1943

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PATCHWORK TAPESTRY QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1928

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FRIENDSHIP QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

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FAN QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

Date learned: 00-00-1938

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SARA REYNOLDS QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

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TEXAS STAR QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

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DOUBLE WEDDING RING QUILT

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

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