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The Valge Laev (The White Ship) Of Estonia

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 »

Sailor Superstition: Dolphins swimming in the wake are good luck

Content: Informant – “Dolphins are considered good luck when they swim with the ship. And it’s bad luck to kill a dolphin.” Context: JK – “Where does this belief come from?” Informant – “I just think that dolphins are friendly to humans. They have a long history of…there’s stories of them chasing sharks away and… Continue Reading »

Rings out of Quarters

Content: Informant – “Sailors used to make rings out of quarters. They would set the quarter on a hard surface, standing up on it’s edge. They would tap the edge, rotate the coin, tap the edge, rotate the coin. Then they would drill a hole through the center.” Context: Informant – “I heard this from… Continue Reading »