Tag Archives: American folklore


American Halloween Parties: A Festival

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation between me (LT) and my mother/informant (ET).  ET: I went to Catholic school growing up, and we always had All Saints Day off, which is the day after Halloween, so we’d always have big sleepovers on Halloween. You know, since no one was going to school… Continue Reading »

Meaning Behind The Proverb “Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst”

Main Piece:  Original Proverb: “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”  Meaning as told by my informant:  “It’s honestly pretty self explanatory. It’s good to be an optimist… you should always root for what you want and have faith. However, you can’t be naive about it. You should always have some kind of plan… Continue Reading »

Friendship Bracelets as Folk Art

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation between me (LT) and my informant (AT).  AT: When I think friendship bracelets, I think of taking strands of embroidery floss, and you knot or braid them in these different patterns, and then when they’re like fully woven, you give them to your friends. The whole… Continue Reading »

Yearbooks as Folk Art

Main Piece:  The following is transcribed from a conversation between me (LT) and my informant (MS).  MS: So, a yearbook is traditionally issued at the end of the school year when you’re in elementary school through high school… and they have pictures of everyone in the school taken throughout the year… and you’ll usually write… Continue Reading »

The First American President Was Actually Black

Main Piece: Subject: I was talking to this one guy because my grandfather wanted me to talk to him. He was involved in the Orangeburg Massacre that happened in South Carolina state in the 60’s or whatever. And then he brought back into my memory this thing- he mentioned it because he believed it… But… Continue Reading »