By Roger L. Welsch
Folklore tells us whatever approximately virtually each point of the lifetime of the folks. This wealthy and exciting number of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken mostly from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued through the Federal Writers' venture within the Thirties, is meant initially for the overall reader, for the folks whose historical past it is. Songs of path and prairie and of the Farmers' Alliance, white man's yarns and Indian stories, pioneer Nebraska folks customs, sayings, proverbs, ideals, kid's video games, cooking, and cures—these "wondrously enjoyable kaleidoscopic reflections of the folks and surroundings that have been inspirations of the vintage literature of Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather—to identify two—could be a version for Americana creditors in different states to emulate. . . . A treasury indeed."—King positive factors Syndicate "Parade of Books."
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Extra resources for A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore
In short, folklore materials live in the oral tradition: they are not communicated by the printed page, but are passed on first hand from one person to another and from one generation to the next. One name stands alone in the history of Nebraska folklore researchthat of Louise Pound (18721958), professor of English at the University of Nebraska, sometime president of both the Modern Language Association and the American Folklore Society, prolific author of scholarly books and articles, and one of the nation's most honored and distinguished scholars.
Work up in Montana Is six months in the year; When all your bills are settled, There's nothing left for beer. Work down in Texas Is all the year around; You will never get consumption By sleeping on the ground. Come all you Texas cowboys, And warning take from me, And do not go to Montana To spend your money free. But stay at home in Texas Where work lasts the year around, And you'll never catch consumption By sleeping on the ground. Page 31 Texas Rangers Said to be the first important ballad of the Far West, "Texas Rangers" became current about the time of the Battle of the Alamo (March 6, 1836) and made a great impression upon the whole country (16).
Each time a tune or vocal number passed from one person to another some Page xv changes would be made, and many words were dropped or mispronounced as it traveled about from mouth to ear. Mr. O'Kieffe's comment on what the settlers in his neighborhood used to sing is also useful, for it shows why certain kinds of songs gained currency in pioneer Nebraska. ] One of the main purposes in publishing Folk-Song of Nebraska and the Central West, according to Dr. . " That goal is yet to be realized.
A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore by Roger L. Welsch