Tag Archives: safety


“Last Run”

Context: The following informant (S) is a 20 year old bike/ski enthusiast. He explains the avoidance of the words “last run” while skiing and the bad luck it can bring to the end of the day. The conversation took place when I asked the informant of any superstitions he held. The informant told me he… Continue Reading »

Proverb for How to Approach Different Kinds of Bears

[The subject is MSt. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] MSt: If it’s black, attack; if it’s brown, lie down; if it’s white, good night. ME: Could you explain that for me? MSt: Alright, so when you’re, like, in the backcountry, you see a bear, there’s different, like, responses that you should have depending… Continue Reading »

Secret Family Call

Text The following piece was collected from a twenty-two year-old girl who is also a student at USC. . She will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant”, and I the “Collector”. Informant: “My family does a special call to let each other know where we are.” Collector: “What does is sound like?” Informant: “One… Continue Reading »

Drawing Game — Pig Protector

Text The following information was collected from a seven-year-old Caucasian girl from South Haven, MI. The girl will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant”, and I the “Collector”. Informant: “Daddy sometimes will draw pigs on our hands when we are sleeping.” Collector: “What does it mean?” Informant: “Um…haha…I don’t know. It’s funny because we… Continue Reading »