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. 67, No. 4, Fall

Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of Algonquian Literatures of North America
Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of Algonquian Literatures of North America. Ethted by Brian Swann. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Pp xxx + 532, introduction, chapter notes and bibliographies, index. $34.95 paper)Brian Swann's...
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends. By Jan Harold Brunvand. (New York: Norton, 2004. Pp. 256, introduction, illustrations. $13.95 paper)Jan Brunvand 's latest volume brings to ten the number of collections of urban legends he...
Bodies: Sex, Violence, Disease and Death in Contemporary Legend
Bodies: Sex, Violence, Disease and Death in Contemporary Legend. By Gillian Bennett. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005. Pp. xvi + 313, acknowledgments, preface, introduction, notes, bibliographies, index. $45.00 cloth); Organ Theft Legends....
Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture
Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture. By Carol Burke. (Boston: Beacon Press, 2004. Pp. xix + 264, preface, photograph, illustrations, bibliography, acknowledgments, notes, index. $26.00...
Cash, Color, and Colonialism: The Politics of Tribal Acknowledgment
Cash, Color, and Colonialism: The Politics of Tribal Acknowledgment. By Renée Ann Cramer. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. Pp. xxi + 234, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, tables, notes, bibliography, index. $24.95 cloth)Cash, Color,...
Crossovers: Essays on Race, Music, and American Culture
Crossovers: Essays on Race, Music, and American Culture. By John Szwed. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. Pp. 283, introduction, notes, bibliography, index, acknowledgments. $47.50 cloth)Crossovers assembles in one volume a collection...
Desert Patriarchy: Mormon and Mennonite Communities in the Chihuahua Valley
Desert Patriarchy: Mormon and Mennonite Communities in the Chihuahua Valley. By Janet Bennion. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2004. Pp xvii + 207, preface, acknowledgments, photographs, maps, chart, notes, bibliography, index, $45.00 cloth)In...
Ethnicity without Groups
Ethnicity without Groups. By Rogers Brubaker. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004. Pp. ? + 284, acknowledgments, introduction, tables, notes, bibliography, index. $47.50 cloth, $22.95 paper)Rogers Brubaker's Ethnicity without Groups offers, in...
Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics after Franco
Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco. By Dorothy Noyes. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003. Pp. x + 326, introduction, maps, photographs, illustration, notes, bibliography, index, acknowledgments. $55.00 cloth,...
Inside the Classroom (and Out): How We Learn through Folklore
Inside the Classroom (and Out): How We Learn through Folklore. Edited by Kennedi L. Untiedt. Publications of the Texas Folklore Society LXII. (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2005. Pp. xiv + 322, preface, photographs, illustrations, index. $29.95cloth)The...
Keeping It Living: Traditions of Plant Use and Cultivation on the Northwest Coast of North America
Keeping it Living: Traditions of Plant Use and Cultivation on the Northwest Coast of North America. Edited by Douglas Deur and Nancy J. Turner. (Seatde: University of Washington Press, 2005. Pp. xiv + 340, preface, introduction, photographs, illustrations,...
Listening for a Life: A Dialogic Ethnography of Bessie Eldreth through Her Songs and Stories
Listening for a Life: A Dialogic Ethnography of Bessie Eldreth through Her Songs and Stories. By Patricia Sawin. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2004. Pp. xiv + 254, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, photographs, notes, bibliography, index....
Living Folklore: An Introduction to the Study of People and Their Traditions
Living Folklore: An Introduction to the Study of People and Their Traditions. By Martha C. Sims and Martine Stephens. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2005. Pp. xiv + 296, acknowledgments, preface, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. $26.95...
Local Concerns, Foreign Heroes: George Washington in Israel
It is mid-winter at Valley Forge. Everyone is cold. Frostbite is widespread. Everyone has given up hope. George Washington is depressed. One night, looking for inspiration, George goes for a walk through the camp. He finds one Jewish member of the Continental...
Miracles of the Spirit: Folk, Art, and Stories from Wisconsin
Miracles of the Spirit: Folk, Art, and Stories from Wisconsin. By Don Krug and Ann Parker. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005. Pp. xxvi + 315, acknowledgments, foreword, introduction, photographs, maps, bibliography, index. $65.00 cloth)As...
Mirrored Archetypes: The Contrasting Cultural Roles of la Malinche and Pocahontas
As teenagers they played pivotal roles in early contact between European and indigenous American cultures. Both mothered sons that became among the first documented children of mixed European/ Indian ancestry. Neither is believed to have survived until...
Musical Tradition and the Crisis of Place: Reform Jewish Songleading, Shabbat Shirah, and the New Dining Hall
In June 2000, the songleading tradition at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) - a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin - received a jolt. Over the previous half century, the camp's Friday evening song session, called Shabbat Shirah,...
Musical Trafficking: Urban Youth and the Narcocorrido-Hardcore Rap Nexus
ABSTRACTBeginning in the 1980s, ballads about the illicit drug trade known as narcocorridos became hugely popular in both Mexico and the U.S., where they continue to receive extensive airplay on Spanish-language radio stations. Most discussions of the...
Native American Placenames of the United States
Native American Placenames of the United States. By William Bright. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004. Pp. xviii + 600, acknowledgments, pronunciation guide, introduction, bibliography. $59.95 cloth, $29.95 paper)William Bright's Native American...
Secrets beyond the Door: The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives
Secrets beyond the Door: The Story of Bluebeard and His Wives. By Maria Tatar. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004. Pp. xiv + 250, introduction, illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. $24.95 cloth, $17.95 paper)Secrets Beyond the...
Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the Twenty-First Century
Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the Twenty-First Century. By Dan Yashinsky. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004. Pp. xviii + 318, acknowledgments, preface, appendix, bibliography. $50.00 cloth, $25.00 paper)The blurb on the...
The Marrow of Human Experience: Essays on Folklore
The Marrow of Human Experience: Essays on Folklore. By William A. Wilson. Edited by Jill Terry Rudy. (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2006). Pp. vi + 322, acknowledgments, introduction, author's published works, bibliography, contributors, index....
Witchcraft and Magic: Contemporary North America
Witchcraft and Magic: Contemporary North America. Edited by Helen A. Berger. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. Pp. 207, introduction, notes, bibliography, index. $39.95 cloth)Witchcraft and Magic sets out to clear up public misunderstandings...
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