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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

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GRACE BEFORE MEALS

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT,
GOOD GOD, LET'S EAT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): BLESSING

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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JIMMY'S IT,
CAUGHT A FIT,
AND CAN'T GET OVER IT.

Submitter comment: CHILDREN USED THIS VERSE TO TAUNT THE ONE WHO'S IT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ENY, MENY, MINY, MO
CATCH A NIGER BY THE TOE
IF HE HOWLERS LET HIM GO
ENY, MENY, MINY, MO,
OUT GOES Y-O-U

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

ONE POTATO, TWO POTATOES, THREE POTATOES, FOUR,
FIVE POTATOES, SIX POTATOES, SEVEN POTATOES, MORE.
CHILDREN PUT FISTS FORWARD, AND ONE PLAYER COUNTS OFF
ALSO USING HIS HANDS. ON THE WORD "MORE" PLAYER PUTS HIS FIST
BEHIND HIS BACK. THE FIST THAT IS LEFT IS "IT" FOR THE GAME.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COUNTING OUT

APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, AND PLUMS;
TELL ME WHEN YOUR BIRTHAY COMES,
D-E-C-E-M-B-E-R (OR ANY MONTH BY THE ONE ON WHOM
"COMES" FALLS).

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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FRITHIOF

FRITHIOF OF THE SAGA IS A WELL KNOWN LEGENDARY HERO OF MEDIEVAL
TIMES TO MANY SWEDISH PEOPLE. HE IS DESCRIBED AS A BRAVE AND
HANDSOME MAN; MANY LEGENDS AND VERSES ARE ATTRIBUTED TO HIM.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS HER FATHER MENTIONING THE EXPLOITS OF THE
SWEDISH NATIONAL HERO.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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LEGEND

IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA THERE IS A LAKE CALLED "MC LAC," IN THE
MIDDLE OF WHICH IS A GLASS HILL THAT SHINES BRILLIANTLY IN THE
SUN. LEGEND HAS IT THAT THE INDIANS BUILT THIS HILL TO HONOR
THE SUN GOD. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS THEY CARRIED THESE CRYSTAL
ROCKS OUT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LAKE BY MEANS OF CANOES. A ROCK
WAS OFFERRED BY THE ENTIRE TRIBE WHENEVER A FAVOR WAS GRANTED
BY THE SUN GOD. THEY CONTINUED THIS RITUAL UNTIL THE HILL WAS
FAR ENOUGH OUT OF THE WATER TO REFLECT THE SUN'S GOODNESS BY
GIVING BACK ITS LIGHT.

Submitter comment: SISTER KATERI'S FATHER TOLD THIS STORY TO HER WHEN SISTER WAS A
YOUNGSTER:

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS ; SOUTH SAINT PAUL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Sun
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mineral

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AFTER THE RAIN

AFTER THE DAYS OF UNPLEASANT WEATHER AND RAIN THE LORD BRINGS FORTH
DAYS OF SUNSHINE AND CHEER AGAIN. (ETTER REGN OCHOVADER, LATER
GUDATERIGEN SOLEN SKINA.)
SWEDISH

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS OLD SWEDISH PROVERB FROM OVER SIXTY
YEARS AGO. IT REFLECTS A BASIC RELIGIOUS FAITH IN GOD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): ETHNIC ORIGIN: SWEDISH ; RELIGIOUS ; WEATHER SUPERSTITION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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BEST DAY

THE BEST DAY IS TODAY.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER BELIEVES IN LIVING EACH DAY TO ITS FULLEST. HE HAS
TOLD ME THIS PROVERB MANY TIMES.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

James Callow Keyword(s): CARPE DIEM ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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STAR BELIEF

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE.
UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH, LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY.
I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT,
HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.
IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON THE FIRST STAR THAT YOU SEE, YOUR
WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; GULLEY

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WAINAMOIDEN

WAINAMOIDEN IS A GREAT LEGENDARY FINNISH FOLK HERO. HE IS WELL
KNOWN AMONG MANY FINNS IN MINNESOTA AND THERE ARE MANY SONGS
LEGENDS, AND BELIEFS ABOUT HIM. HE IS OFTEN GIVEN CREDIT
FOR UNITING THE FINNISH PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES, THE
RUSSIANS, ETC.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): NATIONALISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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MIDSOMMAR DAGEN

AMONG THE FOLK OF SWEDISH DESCENT IN MINNESOTA, MIDSUMMER DAY
ON JUNE 24TH IS OF SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE. THIS IS THE BIRTHDAY OF
JOHN THE BAPTIST, EXACTLY SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE BIRTHDATE OF
CHRIST. "JOHANNES DOPARENS DAG" IS CELEBRATED WITH LARGE
FESTIVE PICNICS.
THE INFORMANT SAYS THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST DAY PICNICS ARE STILL
CELEBRATED AMONG MANY SWEDISH COMMUNITIES.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June 24 St. John's Day / Midsummer Day
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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ITCHY FEET

IF THE BOTTOM OF YOUR FEET ITCH YOU WILL SOON BE WALKING ON STRANGE
GROUND OR IN A STRANGE PLACE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT JUST MENTIONED THIS ONE DAY.

Where learned: NEIGHBORS HOME ; MINNESOTA ; GULLY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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WAINAMOINEN

WAINAMOINEN IS A GREAT LEGENDARY FINNISH NATIONAL HERO. HE IS WELL
KNOWN AMONG MANY FINNS IN MINNESOTA AND THERE ARE MANY SONGS,
LEGENDS AND BELIEFS ABOUT HIM. HE IS OFTEN GIVEN CREDIT
FOR UNITING THE FINNISH PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES, THE
RUSSIANS, ETC.

Data entry tech comment:

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Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): FINLAND ; Finnish ; Hero ; Legend ; Wainmoinen

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE.
UP ABOVE THE WORLD SO HIGH LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY. I WISH
I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT.
IF YOU MAKE A WISH ON THE FIRST STAR THAT YOU SEE, YOUR
WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; GULLEY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RHYME

GOOD FOOD GOOD MEAT,
GOOD GOD LET'S EAT.

Data entry tech comment: OFTEN HEARD THIS AS A CHILD.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): INITIAL ITERATION ; RHYME: AA ; RHYME: ABCB

Subject headings: 730 Lyrical Verse

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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RHYME

JIMMY'S IT, / CAUGHT A FIT, / AND CAN'T GET OVER IT.

Submitter comment: CHILDREN USE THIS VERSE TO TAUNT THE ONE WHO'S IT.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; MINNEAPOLIS

Keyword(s): RHYME: AAA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.524

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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JULAFTON FOODS

SOME OF THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS EVE FOODS AMONG THE MINNESOTA
SWEDES INCLUDED LUTFISK (BRINE FISH), SWEDISH POTATO SAUSAGE,
POTATIS KORV, SYLTA, FRUIT BREAD, JULKAKA (MEAT), COOKIES, AND
ROSETTES (FRIED BATTER).

Submitter comment:

THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS HER MOTHER AND RELATIVES PREPARING THE
JULAFTON FEAST WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE

Keyword(s): CHRISTMAS ; CUSTOM ; FOOD ; holiday ; Swedish ; tradition

Subject headings: 122 Christmas

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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AIN'T GONNA CRY NO MORE

HOW IN THE DICKENS,
CAN I WATER MY CHICKENS?
IF I AIN'T GONNA CRY NO MORE.
AIN'T GONNA CRY NO MORE, NO MORE,
AIN'T GOONA CRY NO MORE.
HOW IN THE DEUCE,
CAN I WATER MY GOOSE?
IF I AIN'T GONNA CRY NO MORE.
AIN'T GONNA CRY NO MORE, NO MORE,
AIN'T GONNA CRY NO MORE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; PARKERS PRAIRIE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Daily Life

Date learned: 02-00-1980

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