Author Archives: Jamie Kichuk

Break a Leg

Content: Informant – “Break a leg is when you wish to wish an actor good luck in a theater. You can’t say good luck, you instead say break a leg.” Context: JK – “When did you first hear it?” Informant – “I heard it many years ago when I was performing and around stage people…. Continue Reading »

Sailor Superstition: Dolphins swimming in the wake are good luck

Content: Informant – “Dolphins are considered good luck when they swim with the ship. And it’s bad luck to kill a dolphin.” Context: JK – “Where does this belief come from?” Informant – “I just think that dolphins are friendly to humans. They have a long history of…there’s stories of them chasing sharks away and… Continue Reading »

Saint John’s Tide

Content: Informant – “Saint John’s Tide is on Midsummer, the eve of June 21st. There’s a big fire. Everyone gathers around the fire and one at a time they throw their intentions for the new year into the bonfire. Where you want to be in the coming year, what you want to do, whatever. Then… Continue Reading »

Setting an extra plate during Christmas

Content and Context: Informant -“I remember my mother did this several times. At the Christmas meal, my mother would set an extra seat and an extra place setting. Now the tradition is in case someone shows up, but I always associated it with the people who weren’t with us. That’s how I like to think… Continue Reading »

Saint Christopher Medallion

Content: Informant – “When I was being raised, Saint Christopher was an important saint. All of us, the kids, got medals, little medallions that we wore, that were Saint Christopher medals. Saint Christopher was the patron saint of travelers. Now Christopher means Christ carrier. And the legend is that he was a big person, almost… Continue Reading »