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Wyoming Folklore : Reminiscences, Folktales, Beliefs, Customs, and Folk Speech - Federal Writers' Project

Wyoming Folklore

Reminiscences, Folktales, Beliefs, Customs, and Folk Speech

By: Federal Writers' Project, James R. Dow (Editor, Introduction by), Susan D. Dow (Editor), Roger L. Welsch (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2010
ISBN: 9780803243026
Number Of Pages: 264

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In 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order creating the Federal Writers' Project (FWP). Out-of-work teachers, writers, and scholars fanned out across the country to collect and document local lore. This book reveals the remarkable results of the FWP in Wyoming at a time when it was still possible to interview Civil War veterans and former slaves, homesteaders and Oregon Trail migrants, soldiers of the Great War, and Native Americans who remembered Little Big Horn. The work of the FWP in Wyoming, collected and edited here for the first time, comprises a rich repository of folklore and history and a firsthand look at the Old West in the process of becoming the new American frontier. "Wyoming Folklore" presents the legends, local and oral histories, and pioneer stories that defined the state in the early twentieth century.

"Roger Welsch is probably the only man from CBS Sunday Morning who has milked a cow. This lends him credibility in the eyes of many of us and qualifies him to sort the wheat from the chaff of Wyoming folklore." Baxter Black, cowboy, poet, former large-animal veterinarian, and radio commentator

Introduction Part 1. Pioneer Memories 1. Cowboy Days with the Old Union Cattle Company; 2. Tale of the Southern Trail; 3. Life in a Line Camp; 4. A Christmas in the Mountains; 5. An Old-Time Christmas in Jackson Hole; 6. Stories of a Round-up; 7. The Last Great Buffalo Hunt of Washakie and His Band in the Big Horn Basin Country; 8. A Stampede; 9. Civil Strife; 10. The Fleur-de-Lis Cocktail; 11. Putting on the Style; 12. American Class; 13. Packer, the Man-Eater Part 2. The White Man's Tales Lost Mine Tales: 14. The Lost Treasure of the Haystacks; 15. Lost Gold of the Big Horn Basin; 16. The Lost Soldier Mine; 17. The Lost DeSmet Treasure; 18. Indian Joe's Gold; 19. The Lost Sweetwater Mine; 20. The Lost 600 Pounds Tall Tales and Humor: 21. The Coney; 22. Bearing Down; 23. Slovakian Rabbits; 24. The Prolific Herds; 25. Hunting on the Railroad; 26. All Aboard!; 27. The Fossil Bug; 28. The Big Snake on Muddy Creek; 29. Wyoming Fauna; 30. The Capture of a Sea Serpent; 31. Vanishing Elk; 32. The Hard-Water Spring; 33. "Dutch" Seipt's River; 34. The Great Discovery; 35. Love on the Yellowstone; 36. The Dying Cowboy; 37. Getting the Tenderfoot; 38. Jerky Bill's Funeral Characters, Big and Little: 39. The Wake of the White Swede; 40. Disappearing Johnny; 41. The Lynching of Walters and Gorman; 42. Jim Baker's Revenge; 43. The Piano Tuner and His Hallet Canyon Hunch; 44. The Man with the Celluloid Nose; 45. Portugee's Ride; 46. The White Rider; 47. The Chicago Kid; 48. A Woman's Wiles; 49. The Legend of the Indian Princess Ah-ho-ap-pa Ghost Tales: 50. Ghost Lights on Old Morrisey Road; 51. The Hoback River Ghost; 52. The Phantom Scout; 53. The Specter of Cheyenne Pass; 54. The Laramie Ghost; 55. The Ghost of Cross Anchor Ranch; 56. The Ghost of Nightcap Bay; 57. The Oakley Ghost; 58. Mel Quick's Story Folk Etymologies: 59. The Hartville Rag; 60. The Story of Whiskey Gap; 61. The Legend of Crazy Woman Country; 62. The Story of Rawhide Butte; 63. The Legend of Fanny's Peak Part 3. Indian Folktales Creation Myths: 64. Arapaho (1) and Arapaho (2); 65. Shoshone Tales and Legends: 66. Axe Brown's Stories; 67. Lone Bear's Story; 68. The Nin 'am-bea, or "Little People"; 69. The Mouthless People; 70. A Shoshone Legend; 71. The Fort Washakie Hot Spring; 72. The Story of the Cottontail and the Sun Indian Legends of Jackson Hole: 73. The Sheep-eaters; 74. The Happy Hunting Grounds; 75. The Legend of Sheep Mountain; 76. The Legend of "One-Eye" Indian Place Name Legends: 77. The Legend of Big Springs; 78. Shoshone Version of the Legend of the Big Spring; 79. The Legend of Wind River Canyon; 80. The Legend of Chugwater Creek; 81. Legends of Lake DeSmet; 82. Lovers' Leap; 83. The Legend of Bull Lake; 84. The Great Medicine Wheel Medicine Wheel Legends: 85. The Legends of the Devil's Tower; 86. A Kiowa Legend of the Devil's Tower Part 4. Folk Belief, Custom, and Speech Folk Belief: 87. Weather; 88. Love; 89. Good Luck; 90. Bad Luck; 91. Wishes; 92. Medicines Cures from Other Wyoming Sources: 93. Physiognomy, Reading Character and Omens by Physical Features; 94. Dream Interpretations; 95. Miscellaneous Beliefs and Omens; 96. Indian Beliefs Folk Speech: 97. Glossary of Terms, Nicknames, and Folk Speech; 98. Cheap Thunder! An Example of Folk Speech in Action

ISBN: 9780803243026
ISBN-10: 0803243022
Series: Possible Futures
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.35