Tag Archives: transformation


Names

Main Piece: Interviewer: Can you tell me how your children get their names? Informant: Yes. Traditionally, in our Native ways, someone may change their name 2-4 times throughout the course of their life. Interviewer: You mean they would get nicknames? Informant: No, they would change their names. When they are born they may be given… Continue Reading »

Pueblo Wizard (El Salvador)

Context/Background: The informant is Salvadoran and Mexican-American who grew up in a household surrounded by folk belief and customs. One in particular regarded magic in her grandmother’s hometown. In this circumstance, the informant’s grandmother has told her the stories of a local wizard and different legends about who he possibly is and is able to become…. Continue Reading »

The Turtle and the Shark

The informant’s family originated in Samoa, his parents were born and raised there before traveling and moving into the United States. He takes many visits to Samoa and is very in touch with his Samoan heritage and culture. He shared some common folklore with me that he could think of off of the top of his head.  Informant…… Continue Reading »

The Slovakian Werewolf

When my father was growing up, he was a very big fan of the classic monster and horror movies, among them Dracula (1931), and The Wolf Man (1941). Because his grandmother was born in Slovakia, he thought to ask her about other ‘eastern European’ legendary monsters that the movies portrayed such as vampires in Transylvania,… Continue Reading »