Western Folklore

Quarterly journal specializing in analysis of regional, national, and international folklore. Also focuses on development and critique of folklore theory.

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 1/2, Winter

Elitism, Keeping Secrets, and Fly Fishing in Utah
I first began fly fishing in 1997. I took a night class at the local community college to learn how to cast, but soon learned that this most elegant and obvious element of the sport was the least of my worries. I didn't know anything about flies, or...
Foxhunting Folkways under Fire and the Crisis of Traditional Moral Knowledge
MEET MARTIN THORNTON, HUNTSMANOver a pint at the Plough Inn in Stathern village, Lincolnshire, Huntsman Martin Thornton lowers his voice and begins to speak with intense reverence about the best kind of day in the life he loves. In a side room, skittles...
Hunting for Meaning: How Characterization Reveals Standards for Behavior in Family Folklore
From my earliest memories until the present, my father has been an active participant in the Utah deer hunt. He packs his gear-tents, lanterns, rifles, food coolers, coats, and thick bedding-and disappears for ten or twelve days, only to return smelling...
Introduction
Humans, forever dissatisfied, continually venture toward quests for a more abundant quality of living whether that be psychological, intellectual, physical, or material. Striving and pushing after one thing or another lures us on, stresses us for better...
Picturing Hunting
Shadow texts stalk hunting snapshots. "Shadow texts" is the phrase rhetorical critic Barry Brummett (1991) uses to name the familiar texts we bring to our experiences with new texts. Shadow texts help determine-perhaps they overdetermine-our understandings...
Ritual Identity: Hunting and Feasting in Utah and Southeastern Idaho
Stalking wild game in Utah and Idaho for food and pleasure is an ancient, ritualistic pursuit that has changed significantly both in method and purpose over time. Like the rest of the United States, both the land and the people have metamorphosed time...
The Animal Prop: Animals as Play Objects in Dutch Folkloristic Games1
In 1871, the Dutch cultural historian Jan ter Gouw published his book The Folk Pastimes, which remains to this day the most cited survey of Dutch celebrations and recreations. Diverse festivities and leisure activities, from Christmas, Saint Nicolas...
"This Is Why We Hunt": Social-Psychological Meanings of the Traditions and Rituals of Deer Camp
The opening of buck season is predictable in Pennsylvania. It arrives on Monday following Thanksgiving, andjust in case one forgets, school closings and splashy front-page coverage in newspapers serve as reminders. Its occurrence after the ritual celebration...