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27133 Drums and Shadows  
Collected by Georgia Writer's Project
Frogtown and Currytown Within the western limits of Savannah are Frogtown and Currytown, through which flows Musgrove Creek, narrow and sluggish, on its way from "Big ... Issue Date: 2 / 2010

25678 From Ar'abic to Eng'lish  
Alan Pimm-Smith
How many words in the English language can you think of that are derived from Arabic? The immediate answer is, “Quite a few”: mosque and minaret, bedouin and shaykh, caliph and ... Issue Date: 8 / 2007

25140 America’s River: Saving the Mississippi  
Ted Williams
More than any feature on the globe, the Mississippi symbolizes a people. Its watershed stretches from New York to Idaho. For 200 years we have tried and failed to control the ... Issue Date: 9 / 2006

24115 Whither English?: Language Shifts With Cultural Changes  
Jen Waters
The English of today may not be the English of tomorrow. The nature of language is that it''s always changing, says Naomi Baron, professor of linguistics at American University. ... Issue Date: 11 / 2004

21395 Demon, Rebel, Heroine: The Journey of Lilith  
Helen Mondloch
In June 1999, the conservative Christian newspaper published by the Reverend Jerry Falwell issued a "parents'' alert": steer clear of the Lilith Fair, a concert series ... Issue Date: 6 / 2001

17616 Living by the Dream: Native American Interpretation of Night's Visions  
Terri J. Andrews
To the Native American, dreams are their own form of reality: guidebooks for the living. Indians--of yesterday and today-- hold that there are worlds that can be seen and ... Issue Date: 11 / 1998

14331 'The Rain Gods Aren't Listening': Modern Conflicts Threaten Hopi Culture  
Robert Schmidt
The Hopi Indians are one of the oldest societies in North America, having lived in northern Arizona for more than eight hundred years. They''ve survived drought, disease, and ... Issue Date: 12 / 1996

11964 The Sky Directs: Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Timing  
Claire R. Farrer
One of my chores was sometimes to awaken Bernard at 4:00 A.M. I would stumble sleepily along as he strode outside with a purposefulness I could not match at that hour. After ... Issue Date: 7 / 1994

11052 Yenaldlooshi: The Shape-Shifter Beliefs of the Navajos  
James Burbank
I live in rural New Mexico just outside of Albuquerque. Last summer I was stringing corral fence; a Navajo friend, Tom Bill, visiting while he attended a powwow in Albuquerque, ... Issue Date: 11 / 1993

20683 For a Little Luck: Making Sense Out of Goose Day  
Mary Margaret Pecht
New comers think it is a joke. It's not, of course, but then few residents of Mifflin County, tucked into the mountains of south-central Pennsylvania, would admit to taking ... Issue Date: 9 / 1992

20184 Powwowing in Pennsylvania: An Ancient Tradition Refuses to Die  
Thomas E. Graves
When the people who would become Pennsylvania Germans emigrated from Europe, they brought two kinds of doctors: One had been tutored in Europe's medical universities; the other ... Issue Date: 1 / 1992

18932 Mystical Circles of Power: The Plains Indian Shields  
Ronald McCoy
From the time of remote antiquity until the late nineteenth century, North America''s Plains Indian warriors--the men of such tribes as the Sioux, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and ... Issue Date: 2 / 1991

17984 The Lore and Language of American Children  
Sheila K. Webster
Children in the United States, like all people everywhere, use folklore to define and to express themselves. And, like all people, children define themselves not only in terms of ... Issue Date: 5 / 1990

16769 American Rites of Passage  
Roger L. Welsch
Cultures throughout time and around the world have established specific landmarks for the lives of their participants, milestones that mark major thresholds between stages of ... Issue Date: 9 / 1989

16286 The Gobbler: Destructive Creations in the Americas  
Gary B. Palmer
The Coeur d''Alene myth of the creation of the tribes by the dismemberment of the Gobbler, a water-spirit or monster, is typical of the many myths of destructive creation to ... Issue Date: 3 / 1989

14996 The Endless Chain  
Roger L. Welsch
In this age of space exploration, a computer in every home, and triumphs of reason, Americans are still threatened and thrilled by an object of superstition and fear - the chain ... Issue Date: 9 / 1988

14606 Truth Never Sleeps: Myths of the Omaha  
Roger L. Welsch
Mine is a modest library, but I would be lost without it, for it is my culture's memory. My books remind me of what other people in my culture have thought, learned, or ... Issue Date: 5 / 1988

13242 Fake Ghosts and 'Pretend' Hell  
Gladys-Marie Fry
Historians record that six war-weary, restless, bless, bored youths from Pulaski, Tennessee, organized a social club in the fall of 1865. They vowed to "have fun, make mischief, ... Issue Date: 10 / 1987

13433 Boots on Fence Posts  
Roger L. Welsch
The western hemisphere's largest sand-dune area is Nebraska's Sandhills, a hauntingly vacant landscape that has been described by every novelist treating the region, from James ... Issue Date: 9 / 1987

12200 A Bumper Crop: How Midwestern Farmers Face Trials  
Roger L. Welsch
Mark Twain said it best, but then he said a lot of things best: "The secret source of Humor itself is not joy but sorrow." It is not prosperity and plenty that generate laughter ... Issue Date: 2 / 1987

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