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Whistling at Night

Main Piece: Informant: Throughout my childhood, I’ve been told you’re not supposed to whistle at night. So of course, I didn’t believe them and would whistle at night. One day I was at my grandparents house and my cousin and I were at the window and it was night time. We were bored because there’s… Continue Reading »

Whistling and Snakes

Context: The informant is a student currently attending Pierce Community College. He recounts a Korean story told to him by his parents when he was younger and giving his parents a tough time. In the transcript of our conversation, he is identified as S (storyteller) and I am identified as C (collector). continuing from another… Continue Reading »

Whistling at Night

  Interviewer: What is being performed?   Informant: Whistling at Night by Rayna Koishikawa   Interviewer: What is the background information about the performance? Why do you know or like this piece? Where or who did you learn it from?   Informant: My Kumu (hula teacher) told us whistling at night summons night maschess (ghosts of Hawaiian… Continue Reading »

Hawaiian Folk Belief on Whistling

Note: The form of this submission includes the dialogue between the informant and I before the cutoff (as you’ll see if you scroll down), as well as my own thoughts and other notes on the piece after the cutoff. The italics within the dialogue between the informant and I (before the cutoff) is where and what… Continue Reading »