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THERE WERE TWO MEN WHO LIVED IN THE SAME CITY. ONE MADE ARROWS AND
THE OTHER MADE BOWS. ONE DAY THEY DECIDED TO GO TO THE MARKET
TOGETHER TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS. ON THE WAY A LION JUMPED INTO THEI
PATH. EACH MAN REFUSED TO GIVE THE OTHER HIS PRODUCT BECAUSE EACH
WANTED TO KILL THE LION HIMSELF AND GAIN FAME. DUE TO THIS THE LION
KILLED AND ATE BOTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CRAFTSMEN PRIDE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Tale

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SOME "FOSSOYEUR", IN ORDER TO MAKE SOME MONEY, SELL DIRT FROM
CEMETERIES, WATER FROM TOMBS, AND ALSO SKULLS TO "QUIMBOISEURS".
THE "QUIMBOISEURS" USED TO PAY IN A CERTAIN WAY SO THAT THEY DO
NOT GET BAD LUCK OR MISFORTUNE. FOR INSTANCE, THE DIRT AND THE
WATER WERE SOLD IN GLASS CONTAINERS, AND THEY PAY FOR THEM WITH
WHITE ROCKS OR SILVER JEWELRY, AND ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SKULL
WAS PAID FOR WITH GOLD.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "FOSSOYEURS" ARE GRAVEDIGGERS ; "QUIMBOISEURS" ARE PEOPLE THAT ; PRACTICE WITCHCRAFT AND ALSO WHITE MAGIC.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curer

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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IN ORDER TO CURE SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN SICK, THE "QUIMBOISEUR" WILL
GIVE THE PERSON A BATH USING THE SAME WATER THAT SEVEN DOGS HAD
BEEN BATHED IN.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "QUIMBOISEUR" IS SOMEONE THAT PRACTICES WITCHCRAFT AND WHITE MAGIC.

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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Instructions

Making Lye Soap:

Put ashes in a tub and mix lye in water. Pour lye mixture over ashes and let drip through bottom of tub. The drippings will turn to lye soap.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs and BN added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked [?]

Original BN [P700] crossed out

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Ashes ; Craft ; Domestic ; INSTRUCTIONS ; Lye ; Product ; Production ; RECIPE ; Soap ; Tool

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil
BELIEF -- Use of Object Domestic object, wax, needle, dishware

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Special Memory Quilts

A lot of mothers made "memory quilts" that was pieces of material from dresses or skirts of all in the family like-a scrap of Baby's first colored dress or their first year in school dress, little boys first year, and first year school shirt. Any occassion that meant a lot to them, they would enter the material of what that person wore-no pattern, just sew any shape togehter. It was called "Memories' Crazy Quilt"

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: FLORIDA ; Plant City

Keyword(s): Babies ; CHILDREN ; Craft ; Domestic ; Heirloom ; Keepsake ; MEMORIES ; Quilting ; Textiles

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Finished Product

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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

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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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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT A FRAME FOR A WINDOW OR A DOOR
INSIDE A HOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated on 09-01-11

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; BELZONI

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; Carpentry ; Craft ; Cut ; Door ; frame ; House ; Indoors ; Inside ; LUCK ; Window

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 11-22-1972

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SPIRIT

ON AN AUGUST DAY WHEN THE SUN IS HIGHEST IN THE SKY AT 12
NOON, STAND WITH THREE FRIENDS IN A WOODED, DESERTED AREA. AT
EXACTLY 12 NOON HAVE EVERYONE STARE AT EACH OTHER; THE SUN COMING
THROUGH THE TREES SHOULD FORM A HALO OVER THE PERSON OR PERSONS
WHO HAVE ANY POWERS OF WITCHCRAFT OR WIZARDRY IN THEIR BLOOD.

Data entry tech comment:

SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEY PUNCHER

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Halo ; NATURE ; SIGN ; SPIRIT ; SYMBOL ; Witchcraft ; WIZARD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 02-13-1972

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ECLIPSE

A WITCH MUST WAIT THREE HOURS AFTER EATING, BEFORE SHE CAN USE
ANY OF HER WITCHCRAFT.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Keyword(s): Legend ; Powers ; Rule ; Witch ; Witchcraft

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 03-06-1972

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WITCH TEST

THE PERSON SUSPECTED OF BEING A WITCH IS TIED AND THROWN
INTO THE WATER. IF SHE ESCAPES, SHE IS A WITCH AND MUST BE
BURNED. IF SHE DROWNS THIS MEANS SHE WAS NOT A WITCH.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: OHIO ; FREMONT

Keyword(s): Burn ; Drown ; Proof ; TEST ; Trial ; Witch ; Witchcraft

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ANGORA BELIEF

PUT ANGORA YARN IN THE ICEBOX A FEW HOURS BEFORE YOU
PLAN TO USE IT FOR KNITTING;
IT KEEPS THE YARN FROM SHEDDING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Keyword(s): Angora ; Craft ; Freeze ; Shedding ; Textile ; Tips ; Yarn

Subject headings: Custom

Date learned: 01-20-1971

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