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… Continue Reading »

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… Continue Reading »

Naming your children with things like water for good personalities

HK: Chinese people are really superstitious about how you name your child––so all the Chinese children have like, names that are made up of Chinese characters, right? And within those characters, there are characters that mean certain things. MW: What’s your name? HK: Well, let’s just say that basically my name has a lot of… Continue Reading »