Tag Archives: Trickster


WORKPLACE PRANKS

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: Well… So, my coworkers and I like to prank each other, and there was a time when there was this really stink––I can’t remember who started it––but one of us got this stinkiest cheese from the store and hid it in the other one’s desk. And then he hid it in my… Continue Reading »

BACHELOR PARTY PRANK

MAIN PIECE: Informant: They chained a bowling ball to my leg… With a––with a, like chain. And I just kept telling them they had to remember not to push me in the pool that night… And they put me in a 12-year-old’s Superman costume. Like literally stuffed me into it, and everything was so far… Continue Reading »

The Yulenissa

Context The interviewee is one of my housemates and we often engage in conversation about his Danish heritage. This folklore is a myth that he continues to practice as part of a family tradition. ——————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is transcribed from the story told by the interviewee. “On Christmas growing up, we have this thing… Continue Reading »

“Askeladden Som Kappåt Med Trollet” – Norwegian Tale

Description of Informant NF (21) is a Norwegian-American, born and raised in Trondheim, Norway before coming to Colorado for middle school. She is fluent in Norwegian and English, is a trained dancer, and presently studies screenwriting and acting at the University of Southern California. —  Context of Performance The informant, NF, sits in her bedroom… Continue Reading »

Creation Myth: Raven, the Trickster

This myth is known to mirror Christian theology and was spread by the natives of Alaska, specifically the Inuit culture. Inuits first of all believe in a “divine spirit” that created the Raven. The Raven was originally a seagull, who was brilliantly white and pure. The “divine spirit” also created man and the man lived… Continue Reading »