Category Archives: Folk Beliefs

The Spirit of Chipeta

Background The Ute Native Americans are in three reservations in Colorado and Utah: Unitah-Ouray, Southern Ute, and Ute Mountain. They have their own sovereign nations that have their own tribal leadership. Within reservations there are different bands of Ute Natives. The story told takes place in the Ute Indian Museum Montrose, Colorado. There Chipeta and […]

Color Green Protects Eyes

Background: The transcribed conversation between me and the informant shows folk belief on how to protect eyesight.  Informant: My mom bought a cactus for me… she says it absorbs radiation from computers and cellphones… Me: Does it really? I’ve heard of it before but I don’t think it actually works. Informant: I’m not sure, but […]

The usage of “FOB” and “ABG” to describe Asians

Context:  The informant, MG, went to high school in New Hampshire and now attends college at the University of Seattle in Washington. This story was collected when asked about her experiences of being Asian American in college over the phone. Main piece: MG: Since going to school in the west coast I found it very […]