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LEGEND OF BEAR ISLAND

THERE IS AN INDIAN LEGEND THAT TELLS HOW THE FAMOUS MICHIGAN BEAR
ISLAND WAS MADE. IT WAS SAID THAT A MOTHER BEAR AND HER TWO CUBS
WERE ATTEMPTING TO SWIM ACROSS LAKE MICHIGAN, BUT THEY EACH WERE
OVERCOME BY EXHAUSTION BEFORE THEY COULD EVEN SWIM 5 TO 6 MILES.
THEIR BODIES NOW FORM THE BIG BEAR ISLAND AND THE TWO SMALL BEAR
ISLANDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BATTLE CREEK

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; SLEEPING BEAR SAND DUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL

THERE WAS ONCE A WOMAN WHO WAS CALLED THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSE HALL.
SHE WAS CALLED THIS BECAUSE HER HAIR AND SKIN WAS VERY WHITE AND
AT NIGHT SHE WOULD RIDE AMOUNG THE SLAVES DRESSED IN WHITE AND ON
A WHITE HORSE TO FRIGHTEN THEM. SHE WAS MISTRESS OF A BIG
PLANTATION AND WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE KILLED FOUR OF HER FIVE
HUSBANDS. SHE HERSELF WAS KILLED BY THE FIFTH WHEN HER FATHER
TOLD HIM WHAT SHE DID TO HER HUSBANDS. THE WHITE WITCH BURIED HER
HUSBANDS NEAR THE HOUSE AND PLANTED A COCONUT TREE ABOVE THEM.
IF YOU GO TO THE RUINS OF THAT PLANTATION YOU WILL SEE FIVE
COCOANUT TREES IN A ROW WITH NO OTHER TREES AROUND. SHE IS UNDER
ONE OF THEM.

Submitter comment: DONALD LEE HAS VISITED THE RUINS OF ROSE HALL AND HAS SEEN
THE FIVE COCONUT TREES.
DONALD LEE LEARNED THIS ITEM IN BUFF BAY, JAMAICA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BLUEBEARD: SEX REVERSAL ; COLOR ; NUMBERS

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 10-31-1975

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BELIEF

A MOTHER LOSES A TOOTH FOR EVERY CHILD THAT SHE BEARS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CHILDBEARING ; PREGNANCY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-04-1970

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LITTLE TEDDY BEAR SONG

MY LITTLE TEDDY BEAR
SITTING IN HIS ROCKING CHAIR,
HE FELL DOWN AND HE BUMPED HIS HEAD.
WOOF WOOF WOOF MY TEDDY SAID.

Where learned: CAMP DEARBORN

Keyword(s): ANIMAL SOUND ; TOY TEDDY BEAR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Children

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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KENTUCKY BEAR

THERE WAS A MOTHER AND FATHER IN KENTUCKY WHOSE THREE-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER CAME UP MISSING ONE DAY. SHE WAS SEARCHED FOR FOR FOUR DAYS
AND NOT FOUND. ON THE FOURTH DAY A MAN CAME TO HER HOUSE AND TOLD HER
PARENTS THAT HE WOULD SHOW THEM WHERE THEIR DAUGHTER WAS IF THEY
WOULD GIVE HIM A MEAL. THEY FED HIM AND AFTERWARD HE LED THEM INTO
THE WOODS. THE GIRL WAS FOUND NEAR A LOG WHERE A BEAR WAS BRINGING
HER FOOD. THE GIRL SAID THAT THE BEAR HAD BEEN TAKING CARE OF HER AND
FEEDING HER. NOT KNOWING ANY BETTER THE GIRL THOUGHT THE BEAR WAS A
DOG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ;

Keyword(s): DAUGHTER ; MISTAKEN IDENITY (BEAR THOUGHT TO BE A DOG) ; TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE--STRANGER GIVEN MEAL FOR SHOWING PLACE OF LOST

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being

Date learned: 11-20-1968

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LEGEND OF BEAR ISLAND

THERE IS AN INDIAN LEGEND THAT TELLS HOW THE FAMOUS MICHIGAN BEAR
ISLAND WAS MADE. IT WAS SAID THAT A MOTHER BEAR AND HER TWO CUBS
WERE ATTEMPTING TO SWIM ACROSS LAKE MICHIGAN, BUT THEY EACH WERE
OVERCOME BY EXHAUSTION BEFORE THEY COULD EVEN SWIM 5 TO 6 MILES.
THEIR BODIES NOW FORM THE BIG BEAR ISLAND AND THE TWO SMALL BEAR
ISLANDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BATTLE CREEK

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; SLEEPING BEAR SAND DUNE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 00-00-1954

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SIGNATURE

YOURS TILL SMITH BROTHERS SHAVE.

Submitter comment: SMITH BROTHERS COUGH DROPS PICTURED TWO BEARDED MEN ON THE BOX.

James Callow comment: BEARDS WERE NOT IN FASHION AT THE TIME.

James Callow Keyword(s): BEARD ; COUGH DROP ADVERTISING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse

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Saying

Grouchy as a bear.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Bear ; Grouchy ; Grumpy ; Language ; METAPHOR ; Saying ; SIMILE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Group of Vowels and Consonants, and of Words

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Custom/Belief

Belief - Baby/Motherhood:

After delivering a baby, a woman will eat the afterbirth of an animal, so that her afterbirth delivers well.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [F542] crossed out and replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Afterbirth ; BELIEF ; BIRTH ; Child Bearing ; CHILDBIRTH ; Consumption ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; Placenta ; PREGNANCY ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

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Superstition

Pregnancy Belief:

When the informant was a student nurse in obstetrics at Mt. Carmel Hospital in 1968, she had a Slavic patient who had a patch of hair on her back at the base of her spine. the woman haad been told by her mother that she had been frightened by a bear while she was carrying her daughter. She was extrememly frightened when she suddenly saw the bearbut as she made the spontaneous gesture of clutching herself, she thought it would be dangerous to her child if she raised her hands to her face in fear in the front, so she reached behind and grabbed her back. She belived this had caused the patch on her daughter's back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Reference

Where learned: Public Health Nurse

Keyword(s): BABY ; Bear ; BELIEF ; CHILD ; CURSE ; FEAR ; infant ; jinx ; Offspring ; Old Wives Tale ; SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): Reference

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

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Belief: Animal

It is a belief among hunters that is a bear looks at you eye to eye at the instant you kill it, its spirit will haunt you after its death.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Regarding set-up of the submission card:

By moving the circumstances of collecting information to the right (taking up 2 instead of 1 line with it) you'll leave room for a title.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Pioneer

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Bear ; BELIEF ; DEATH ; Haunting ; HUNTING ; SPIRIT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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Language

Tongue Twister:

The big black bug

Bit the big black bear

In his big black back.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Something similar (but shorter) already typed as Prose.

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): Bear ; Black ; Bug ; COLOR ; Language ; TONGUE TWISTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech

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Entertainment: Game

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR
GO UPSTAIRS/ TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR SAY YOUR PRAYERS/ TEDDY BEAR,
TEDDY BEAR TURN OFF THE LIGHT/ TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR SPELL
GOODNIGHT/ G-O-O-D-N-I-G-H-T/ ROPE IS SKIPPED ONCE FOR EACH LETTER
RECITED.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD - 02-22-2011

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Keyword(s): Diversion ; GAME ; Jump Rope ; Play ; RHYME ; Stairs ; Teddy Bear ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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Legend

Legend of Davey Crockett:

The West was a rich source of tall tales of a man such as Davey Crockett, the country boy/indian fighter elected to Congress. In washington, he told tall tales about his Western days"...killed himself a bear when he was only three."

Tales such as these have become legends.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs Added by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bear ; Congress ; Davey Crockett ; INDIAN ; Legend ; TALL TALE ; Wild West

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

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THE RESPONDENT'S NEIGHBOR ATE DIRT "BY THE GALLON"
WHILE PREGNANT. WHEN HER CHILD WAS BORN, SHE CARRIED DIRT
COLORED SPLOTCHES ON HER BACK AND ABDOMEN.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): Ate ; BELIEF ; Birthmark ; CHILDBEARING ; Consumed ; Dirt ; OMEN ; PREGNANCY ; Splotches

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic
Food Drink -- Food N200.542
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-06-1973

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EAT A LOT OF STARCH, FOR A WOMAN TO HARDEN HER WOMB.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CHILDBEARING ; FOOD ; Homeopathy ; MAGIC ; REMEDY ; STARCH ; Womb

James Callow Keyword(s): IMITATIVE MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 09-00-1968

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