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LEGEND

IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA THERE IS A LAKE CALLED "MC LAC," IN THE
MIDDLE OF WHICH IS A GLASS HILL THAT SHINES BRILLIANTLY IN THE
SUN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE INDIANS BUILT THIS HILL TO HONOR
THE SUN GOD. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THEY CARRIED THESE CRYSTAL
ROCKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE BY MEANS OF CANOES. A ROCK
WAS OFFERRED BY THE ENTIRE TRIBE WHENEVER A FAVOR WAS GRANTED
BY THE SUN GOD. THEY CONTINUED THIS RITUAL UNTIL THE HILL WAS
FAR ENOUGH OUT OF THE WATER TO REFLECT THE SUN'S GOODNESS BY
GIVING BACK ITS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: SISTER KATERI'S FATHER TOLD THIS STORY TO HER WHEN SISTER WAS A
YOUNGSTER:

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS ; SOUTH SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Sun
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TO RID YOURSELF OF WARTS YOU HAVE TO GET SOMEONE TO HIDE YOUR
DISHRAG FOR YOU.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-10-1970

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TO RID YOURSELF OF WARTS YOU HAVE TO PUT WATER ON THEM.
THE WATER MUST HAVE BEEN OUT UNDER THE FULL MOON FOR ONE
NIGHT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 10-10-1970

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WIND FROM THE WEST, THE FISHING'S THE BEST.
WIND FROM THE EAST, THE FISHING'S THE LEAST.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief C860.448

Date learned: 10-10-1970

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THERE IS A STORY TOLD OF A YOUNG IRISH SCHOOLTEACHER,
CAME TO THE UNITED STATES, WANTING TO MAKE A GOOD
IMPRESSION IN THE NEW SCHOOL DURING THE CHRISTMAS
CARD SALE. OFFERED A NEW SILVER DOLLAR TO THE STUDENT
WHO COULD NAME THE GREATEST MAN IN THE WORLD! HANDS SHOT
UP QUICKLY. ONE BRIGHT LAD REPLIED, "I THINK IT WAS
GEORGE WASHINGTON, BECAUSE HE WAS OUR FIRST PRESIDENT
OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY." "YES," SAID THE TEACHER IN A
SMILING TONE OF VOICE,"BUT HE WAS NOT THE GREATEST."
"I KNOW," SHOUTED ANOTHER YOUNG BOY, "ABRAHAM
LINCOLN, BECAUSE HE FREED THE SLAVES." "OH, YES, HE
WAS A VERY GREAT MAN, BUT I DON'T THINK HE WAS THE
GREATEST MAN." A LITTLE JEWISH BOY GOT UP AND SAID,
"TEACHER, I KNOW WHO THE GREATEST MAN IN THE WORLD
WAS, ST. PATRICK." AND A BEFORE HE COULD FINISH
SPEAKING, THE TEACHER SAID, HERE IS YOUR NEW SILVER
DOLLAR, BECAUSE ST. PATRICK WAS THE GREATEST MAN
IN THE WORLD."
AT RECESS TIME, THE CLASS CENTERED AROUND THE WINNER
AND SAID, "HOW DID YOU EVER WIN, YOU KNOW ST.
PATRICK WAS NOT THE GREATEST MAN IN THE WORLD."
THE LITTLE JEWISH BOY REPLIED, "I KNOW IT, BUT--
BUSINESS IS BUSINESS!"

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Man

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIDSOMMAR DAGEN

AMONG THE FOLK OF SWEDISH DESCENT IN MINNESOTA, MIDSUMMER DAY
ON JUNE 24TH IS OF SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE. THIS IS THE BIRTHDAY OF
JOHN THE BAPTIST, EXACTLY SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE BIRTHDATE OF
CHRIST. "JOHANNES DOPARENS DAG" IS CELEBRATED WITH LARGE
FESTIVE PICNICS.
THE INFORMANT SAYS THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST DAY PICNICS ARE STILL
CELEBRATED AMONG MANY SWEDISH COMMUNITIES.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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IF YOU DROP A SPOON ON THE FLOOR, SOME LADY IS GOING
TO VISIT YOU SOON. IF YOU DROP A FORK, THE VISITOR
WILL BE A MAN.

Submitter comment: I WAS TOLD THIS WHEN SOMEONE DROPPED A SPOON, SHE
WAS DRYING. (WE WERE EXPECTING THE SCHOOL SUPER-
VISOR.)

Where learned: MINNESOTA

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Implement to handle food
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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WAINAMOIDEN

WAINAMOIDEN IS A GREAT LEGENDARY FINNISH FOLK HERO. HE IS WELL
KNOWN AMONG MANY FINNS IN MINNESOTA AND THERE ARE MANY SONGS
LEGENDS, AND BELIEFS ABOUT HIM. HE IS OFTEN GIVEN CREDIT
FOR UNITING THE FINNISH PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES, THE
RUSSIANS, ETC.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): NATIONALISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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WAINAMOINEN

WAINAMOINEN IS A GREAT LEGENDARY FINNISH NATIONAL HERO. HE IS WELL
KNOWN AMONG MANY FINNS IN MINNESOTA AND THERE ARE MANY SONGS,
LEGENDS AND BELIEFS ABOUT HIM. HE IS OFTEN GIVEN CREDIT
FOR UNITING THE FINNISH PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES, THE
RUSSIANS, ETC.

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Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): FINLAND ; Finnish ; Hero ; Legend ; Wainmoinen

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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PROVERB: THE LAZY AT THEIR BEST

WHEN THE SUN NEARS ITS WESTERN HORIZON IS WHEN THE LAZY ARE AT
THEIR BEST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS AS A VERY OLD SWEDISH PROVERB ABOUT LAZY
MEN.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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FRITHIOF

FRITHIOF OF THE SAGA IS A WELL KNOWN LEGENDARY HERO OF MEDIEVAL
TIMES TO MANY SWEDISH PEOPLE. HE IS DESCRIBED AS A BRAVE AND
HANDSOME MAN; MANY LEGENDS AND VERSES ARE ATTRIBUTED TO HIM.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS HER FATHER MENTIONING THE EXPLOITS OF THE
SWEDISH NATIONAL HERO.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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PROVERB: THINKING

WHEN YOU THINK, THINK RIGHT.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER REMEMBERS BEING TOLD THIS PROVERB BY HIS FATHER
MORE THAN SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO. IT WAS ONE OF HIS FAVORITES.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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THERE IS A BELIEF THAT THE BUTTERCUP FLOWER, WHEN HELD
TO A PERSON'S CHIN, INDICATES WHETHER THAT PERSON
IS IN LOVE OR LIKES BUTTER. IF YELLOW STAINS THE
CHIN, THAT PERSON IS IN LOVE OR VARIOUSLY LIKES
BUTTER.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS SHOWN TO ME YEARS AGO ON MY GRAND-
FATHER'S FARM. BUTTERCUPS GROW IN THE MEADOW.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

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AFTER THE RAIN

AFTER THE DAYS OF UNPLEASANT WEATHER AND RAIN THE LORD BRINGS FORTH
DAYS OF SUNSHINE AND CHEER AGAIN. (ETTER REGN OCHOVADER, LATER
GUDATERIGEN SOLEN SKINA.)
SWEDISH

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS OLD SWEDISH PROVERB FROM OVER SIXTY
YEARS AGO. IT REFLECTS A BASIC RELIGIOUS FAITH IN GOD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN: SWEDISH ; RELIGIOUS ; WEATHER SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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THERE WAS A BELIEF IN OLDER FARMING COMMUNITIES WHICH
STILL LINGERS THAT THE PERSON WHO FINDS A RED EAR OF
CORN WILL SOON BE MARRIED. GIRLS SEARCHED FOR THEM.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS BELIEF EXPRESSED AMONG FARMING
FAMILIES ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WHOLE FAMILY IS HELPING
TO HUSK CORN, IT ADDS AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: Observation
Favorites
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

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A CHILD'S PRAYER SWEDISH

GUD SOM HATVER BARNEN KAR; SE TIL MIG SOM LITEN AR;
HVART JAG MIG I VERLDEN VANDER; STAR MIN LYCKA I GUD'S HANDER.

GOD THAT LOVES THE CHILDREN; WATCH O'ER ME THAT LITTLE IS;
WHERE EVER I TRAVEL IN THIS WORLD, RESTS MY FORTUNE IN
HIS HANDS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS HER MOTHER TELLING HER THIS PRAYER
ABOUT 75 YEARS AGO, WHEN SHE WAS A SMALL CHILD.

Where learned: LETTER ; MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

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

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THIS DAY WE FASHION DESTINY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF MY GRANDFATHER'S FAVORITE PROVERBS, AND
REFLECTS HIS BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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LEGEND

IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA THERE IS A LAKE CALLED "MC LAC," IN THE
MIDDLE OF WHICH IS A GLASS HILL THAT SHINES BRILLIANTLY IN THE
SUN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE INDIANS BUILT THIS HILL TO HONOR
THE SUN GOD. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THEY CARRIED THESE CRYSTAL
ROCKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE BY MEANS OF CANOES. A ROCK
WAS OFFERRED BY THE ENTIRE TRIBE WHENEVER A FAVOR WAS GRANTED
BY THE SUN GOD. THEY CONTINUED THIS RITUAL UNTIL THE HILL WAS
FAR ENOUGH OUT OF THE WATER TO REFLECT THE SUN'S GOODNESS BY
GIVING BACK ITS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: SISTER KATERI'S FATHER TOLD THIS STORY TO HER WHEN SISTER WAS A
YOUNGSTER:

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS ; SOUTH SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Sun
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LEGEND

IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA THERE IS A LAKE CALLED "MC LAC," IN THE
MIDDLE OF WHICH IS A GLASS HILL THAT SHINES BRILLIANTLY IN THE
SUN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE INDIANS BUILT THIS HILL TO HONOR
THE SUN GOD. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THEY CARRIED THESE CRYSTAL
ROCKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE BY MEANS OF CANOES. A ROCK
WAS OFFERRED BY THE ENTIRE TRIBE WHENEVER A FAVOR WAS GRANTED
BY THE SUN GOD. THEY CONTINUED THIS RITUAL UNTIL THE HILL WAS
FAR ENOUGH OUT OF THE WATER TO REFLECT THE SUN'S GOODNESS BY
GIVING BACK ITS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: SISTER KATERI'S FATHER TOLD THIS STORY TO HER WHEN SISTER WAS A
YOUNGSTER:

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS ; SOUTH SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Sun
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GRACE BEFORE MEALS

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT,
GOOD GOD, LET'S EAT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): BLESSING

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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