Tag Archives: Childhood


Jõulu Vana – The Estonian Santa Claus

Informant’s Background: The informant, in this case, is my mother, M, who was a first generation immigrant born to an Estonian family in the North-East of Canada. Her family had escaped from occupied Estonia, and had settled in Canada before she was born. She moved with my father to Los Angeles, in the United States,… Continue Reading »

“Kes hiljaks jääb, see ilma jääb.” – Estonian Proverb

Informant’s Background: The informant, in this case, is my mother, M, who was a first generation immigrant born to an Estonian family in the North-East of Canada. Her family had escaped from occupied Estonia, and had settled in Canada before she was born. She moved with my father to Los Angeles, in the United States,… Continue Reading »

Secret Summer Camp Chant

Background: The informant’s mother used to say this phrase as a playful thing to her children. While my informant generally liked this chant for its nostalgiac purposes, her mother used it in a variety of ways at her childhood summer camp. Though I lacked the mind to gather where her mother was from, my informant… Continue Reading »

Secret Agents

Context The following is collected during a routine call with my younger brother. ———————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is a story told to me by the interviewee. “Yes, I have a secret organization in class where I’m the boss. And I have all my secret agents and they do things for me. I send them out… Continue Reading »