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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 »

Theater Occupational Superstition: Don’t Whistle in the Theater!

Interview Extraction: Informant: “Ok, so you want to hear the story about why you don’t whistle in the theatre? One reason is that supposedly the first riggers* in the theatre were sailors. And sailors received their orders via whistles, which supposedly carried better than voices in the wind. And so you didn’t want to be… Continue Reading »