By Roger L. Welsch
Folklore tells us whatever approximately virtually each element of the lifetime of the folk. This wealthy and enjoyable choice of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken principally from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued through the Federal Writers' undertaking within the Nineteen Thirties, is meant at first for the overall reader, for the folk whose background it is. Songs of path and prairie and of the Farmers' Alliance, white man's yarns and Indian stories, pioneer Nebraska people customs, sayings, proverbs, ideals, kid's video games, cooking, and cures—these "wondrously wonderful kaleidoscopic reflections of the folk and atmosphere that have been inspirations of the vintage literature of Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather—to identify two—could be a version for Americana creditors in different states to emulate. . . . A treasury indeed."—King beneficial properties Syndicate "Parade of Books."
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I'm going to a new range, I hear my Master's call, And I'll not see my mother when the work's all done this fall. " Page 22 The Horse-Wrangler The old-time cowboy boasted about his profession by complaining how hard it was, but if he was the genuine article he would never consider any other kind of work. Although the speaker in this song grumbles like a true cowboy, he clearly qualifies for the title in no other respect. " "Set-fasts'' are prominent shoulder blades. Regarding the term "cavvyard," Foster-Harris says: "In Texas the horse herd was called the 'remuda,' but as the cattle industry spread northward, the term 'cavvy' came into use up there.
Page v To my family Page vi Page vii CONTENTS Introduction ix I. Songs and Dances 1 Songs of Trail and Prairie 3 Songs of the Farmers' Alliance 57 Square Dances 80 II. Tales 139 White Man's Tales 141 Indian Tales 176 III. Customs 239 Some Old Nebraska Folk Customs 241 Sayings, Proverbs, and Beliefs 266 Children's Games 281 Pioneer Cooking 307 Nebraska Folk Cures 329 Appendix: Motif Analyses 379 Bibliography 384 Acknowledgments 388 Title Index of Songs and Tales 389 Page ix INTRODUCTION Folklore has existed ever since people have lived in groups, told tales, sung, danced, created artifacts, and had common ways of doing things.
When a rascal insulted her picture, He filled him full of lead. All night in the darkness they trailed him Through the mesquite and chaparral, And I couldn't but think of the woman, When I saw him pitch and fall. If she'd been the pal she should've, He might have been rearing a son, Instead of out there on the prairie, To be falling by a Ranger's gun. The cowboy was fatally wounded; His chances for life were too slim. Where they were putting his body Was all that worried him. Page 13 He raised his head to his elbow, And the blood from his wound flowed red.
A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore by Roger L. Welsch