Tag Archives: Folk Tradition


Yaldā

Main Piece: The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my co-worker/informant (MK). HS: So can you tell me about Yaldā? MK: So it’s the beginning of the winter. So in the winter, nights are going to be longer and days are going to be shorter. They say the night is… Continue Reading »

Opening Day Cannon

The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my friend/informant (DS). HS: So for opening day, your yacht club fires off a blank cannon shot? DS: Yessir HS: And is this tradition particular to your club? DS: Not really. A vast majority of clubs do it. It’s basically signaling that the… Continue Reading »

Christmas Present Map

Main Piece: The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my mother/informant (SW). HS: When I was young, you would make a map of our home with presents marked as x’s scattered throughout the house. Where did you get this tradition from? SW: From what I can remember, my mom would… Continue Reading »

Cahuilla Death Ritual: Burning the Passed’s Possessions

Main Piece: I: When someone dies, it’s traditional to burn all of their things, like all of their personal possessions. We do that because… essentially you’re giving what they want to go with them into the next life, so you’re burning it so they can take it with them. Some people burn, some people don’t,… Continue Reading »