By Roger L. Welsch
Folklore tells us whatever approximately nearly each element of the lifetime of the folk. This wealthy and wonderful choice of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken mostly from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued by way of the Federal Writers' undertaking within the Nineteen Thirties, is meant at first for the overall reader, for the folks whose historical past 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 interesting kaleidoscopic reflections of the folks and setting 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 gains Syndicate "Parade of Books."
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That's the way they all begin; You're doing well," says Brown. " says I. " I've traveled up and I've traveled down, I've traveled this country 'round and 'round, I've lived in the city and I've lived in town, But I've got this much to say: Before you try cowpunching, kiss your wife, Take a heavy insurance on your life, Then cut your throat with a barlow knife For it's easier done that way. Old Paint "Perhaps better than any other cowboy creation," writes Alan Lomax, "this song captures the bigness of the West and the love of the Westerner for his wide horizons" (16).
Chorus) Oh, you'll be soup for Uncle Sam's Injuns; "It's beef, heap beef," I hear them cry. Git along, git along, git along there, little dogies, You're gonta be beef steers by and by. (Chorus) The Texas Cowboy Here's a cowboy who has roamed from Montana to Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and although he seems to favor Nebraska over other states he has visited, to him there is no place like Texas. Oh, I am a Texas cowboy, Far away from home. If ever I get back to Texas, I never more will roam. Montana is too cold for me And the winters are too long; Before the roundups do begin, Our money is all gone.
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.
A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore by Roger L. Welsch