Folklore: In All of Us, in All We Do

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Kenneth L. Untiedt
University of North Texas Press, 2006 - Fiction - 298 pages
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Folklore is everywhere, whether you are aware of it or not. A culture's traditional knowledge is used to remember the past and maintain traditions, to communicate with other members within a community, to learn, to celebrate, and to express creativity. It is what helps distinguish one culture from another. Although folklore is so much a part of our daily lives, we often lose sight of just how integral it is to everything we do. If we look for it, we can find folklore in places where we'd never think it existed.

Folklore: In All of Us, In All We Do includes articles on a variety of topics. One chapter looks at how folklore and history complement one another; while historical records provide facts about dates, places and names, folklore brings those events and people to life by making them relevant to us. Several articles examine the cultural roles women fill. Other articles feature folklore of particular groups, including oil field workers, mail carriers, doctors, engineers, police officers, horse traders, and politicians. As a follow-up article to Inside the Classroom (and Out), which focused on folklore in education, there is also an article on how teachers can use writing in the classroom as a means of keeping alive the storytelling tradition.

The Texas Folklore Society has been collecting and preserving folklore since its first publication in 1912. Since then, it has published or assisted in the publication of nearly one hundred books on Texas folklore.
 

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Contents

II A WOMANS TOUCH
62
OCCUPATIONAL LORE
124
IV COPS POLITICIANS AND OTHER SHADY CHARACTERS
196
V ODDS AND ENDS
250
Contributors Vitas
281
Index
289
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KENNETH L. UNTIEDT is the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University, and is now an associate professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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