Tag Archives: sleep


Old Woman Scratching the Tipi Walls

Main Piece: Informant: We wouldn’t go to sleep and it was getting really, really late. And the younger kids were still awake. My older cousins and my older sisters would tell us that if we didn’t go to bed there is an old woman with really long nails that would scrape her nails along the… Continue Reading »

Never Eat Bananas Before Bed: Folk Medicine

Context: I met with the student in his dorm room at around noon. A few students were milling around the room, waiting until their afternoon classes began. I started to chat with the group, all of which are freshman at USC, and I realized it would be the perfect context to record. I began by… Continue Reading »

Chinoisms: Sleep

Context & Analysis The subject often mentions her mother’s “Chinoisms”, or unique sayings that her mother learned when growing up in Chino, CA. Below is the subject’s direct quote on the origin of her mother’s proverbs:             “So my mom comes from Chino [California], and so she has a plethora of sayings that I didn’t… Continue Reading »

DANCE PARTIES

EXAMPLE: Informant: What about dance parties? Interviewer: What about dance parties? Informant: We used to have them, as a kid. When I was younger. Would they count as folklore? Interviewer: What do you mean? Informant: Well it was like this thing. Like whenever it was late and it was bedtime, but we couldn’t go to… Continue Reading »