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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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AUTOGRAPH FROM NADYNE ORLOFF

HE WALKED HER HOME WHEN THE NIGHT WAS DARK,
HE RAN AHEAD TO OPEN THE GATE.
SHE WANTED TO THANK HIM, BUT SHE DIDN'T KNOW HOW,
'CUZ HE WAS THE FARMER, AND SHE WAS THE COW/

Submitter comment: ENTRY DATED 1963 IN AUTOGRAPH BOOK, KEPT IN OADK PARK, MICHIGAN
1963 - 1972

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

Date learned: 00-00-1963

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SHIRLEY HAD SOME CHEWING GUM,
WHICH WAS AGAINST THE RULE,
TEACHER TOOK IT AWAY FROM HER,
AND CHEWED IT AFTER SCHOOL.
HAVE A NICE SUMMER, EILEEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Wisecracks, gags, silly stories, insults

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LEGEND

THERE IS A HOUSE, OR WAS WHEN WE WERE KIDS, ON SAN JUAN IN DETROIT.
IN THIS HOUSE LIVED AN OLD LADY WHO WAS A WITCH. IF YOU EVER WENT
INTO HER BACK YARD, SHE WOULD TAKE YOU INTO HER HOUSE AND EAT YOU
ALIVE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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THE HILL

THERE IS A HILL IN THE ROSEDALE PARK CEMETERY. WHENEVER ANYONE
PARKED THEIR CAR IN FRONT OF THE HILL, THE CAR WOULD BEGIN
ROLLING UP THE HILL.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A STORY WHICH CIRCULATED AROUND MY HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD
HEARD IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO SOMEONE, BUT I DID NOT KNOW
ANYONE WHO HAD ACTAULLY EXPERIENCED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTI-GRAVITY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 00001960S LATE

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MENSTRUAL BELIEF-WINE PREPARATION

WHEN WE MADE WINE IN THE OLD COUNTRY, IF A WOMAN
WHO HAD HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD CAME AROUND OR WAS NEAR THE PLACE
WHERE THE WINE WAS BEING MADE, THE WINE WOULD ALWAYS GO SOUR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Alcoholic beverage Fermented
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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CROSSING OVER RAILROAD TRACKS

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS ABOUT THIRTEEN,
WHENEVER DRIVING IN A CAR OVER RAILROAD TRACKS
YOU HAD TO LIFT YOUR FEET OFF THE FLOOR OF THE CAR,
PUT YOUR ARM UP INTO THE AIR, AND
MAKE A WISH. IF YOU DID NOT DO THIS
ONE DAY YOUR BOYFRIEND WOULD LEAVE YOU.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT RECALLS THAT FOR MANY YEARS
THIS TASK WAS PERFORMED WHEN CROSSING RAILROAD TRACKS,
AND STILL FINDS HERSELF PICKING UP HER FOOT WHEN DRIVING OVER TRACKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 02-01-1972

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WISHING

WHENEVER YOU SEE A MAIL TRUCK
YOU SHOULD CROSS YOUR FINGERS AND MAKE A WISH.
YOU MUST KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED
UNTIL YOU SEE A DOG.
THEN YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Submitter comment: I CAN REMEMBER DOING THIS WHEN I WAS IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.1962-64

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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EVIL EYE

TO KEEP AWAY EVIL EYE, BABY SHOULD ALWAYS
WEAR A RED RIBBON. THIS WILL KEEP THE
BABY FROM GETTING SICK FROM THE EVIL EYE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT SHE PUT A RED RIBBON
ON ALL SIX OF HER CHILDREN AND THEY
ALL WERE HEALTHY BABIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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EVIL EYE CURE

IF SOMEONE IS SICK FROM THE EVIL EYE,
PUT SALT IN THE CORNERS OF THE ROOM.
IT WILL GET RID OF THE EVIL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER IN LAW DID THIS IN FRONT OF
INFORMANT TO CURE INFORMANT'S SON OF A FEVER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 02-02-1972

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WEDDING CUSTOM

THERE IS A CUSTOM IN ITALY, WHEN THE BRIDE IS LEAVING HER
HOME TO GO TO THE CHURCH, ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE INVITED TO THE
WEDDING STAND OUTSIDE AND THROW COINS AT HER. THIS IS GOOD LUCK,
AND SHE WILL NOT BE POOR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT STATED THAT THIS WAS DONE TO HER IN CALABRIA,ITALY ON
HER WEDDING DAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Procession to church

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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EGG SOUP

I MAKE A SOUP CALL SOUPA FOR STOMACH ACHES, MADE FROM EGGS.
YOU TAKE AN EGG AND ADD SUGAR, BEAT UNTIL REAL STIFF. ADD
SOME VANILLA AND BOILED MILK, PUT CRACKERS IN IT TOO. YOU
HAVE TO MAKE SURE IT'S FOAMY AND FLUFFY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT SHE USED TO PREPARE THIS FOR HER CHILDREN
ALL OF THE TIME BECAUSE IT TASTED SO GOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Mixed preparation in liquid

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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MENSTRUAL BELIEF-WINE PREPARATION

WHEN WE MADE WINE IN THE OLD COUNTRY, IF A WOMAN
WHO HAD HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD CAME AROUND OR WAS NEAR THE PLACE
WHERE THE WINE WAS BEING MADE, THE WINE WOULD ALWAYS GO SOUR.

Submitter comment:

INFORMANT WAS A FIRM BELIEVER IN THIS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): Feminist ; Grapes ; MENSTRUATION ; Period ; Sour ; Wine ; Woman

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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THE HILL

THERE IS A HILL IN THE ROSEDALE PARK CEMETERY. WHENEVER ANYONE
PARKED THEIR CAR IN FRONT OF THE HILL, THE CAR WOULD BEGIN
ROLLING UP THE HILL.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A STORY WHICH CIRCLATED AROUND MY HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD
"HEARD" IT ACTUALLY HAPPENNED TO SOMEONE, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW
ANYONE WHO HAD ACTAULLY EXPERIENCED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Formation

Date learned: 00001960S LATE

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HEART TROUBLE

THERE IS A CUSTOM IN THE OLD COUNTRY: YOU GET AN ORANGE AND PUT PINS
IN IT, REAL CLOSE TOGETHER. WHILE YOU DO THIS SAY,
"AS I PUT THESE PINS IN THIS ORANGE MAY SOME PERSON'S HEART SHRIVEL
UP AS THIS ORANGE WILL DO". WHEN THE ORANGE ROTS THE PERSON WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HEARD STORIES OF THIS HAPPENING IN ITALY (CALABRIA),
BUT NEVER SAW IT DONE PERSONALLY. INFORMANT UNSURE IF THIS IS
POSSIBLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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MOUTH

IN THE OLD COUNTRY, TO CURE MOUTH SORES, PEOPLE WOULD TAKE THE SOOT
FROM INSIDE THE CHIMNEY AND PLACE IT ON THE SORES.
THE SORES HEAL UP QUICKLY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER IN CALABRIA, ITALY
DID THIS TO HER CHILDREN.
INFORMANT SAID THAT THE MOUTH SORES ALWAYS CLEARED UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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WORMS

A CURE FOR STOMACH WORMS IS TO PUT MINT IN THE PERSON'S BOTTOM
AND PUT CHEESE IN THEIR MOUTH.
WORMS HATE CHEESE BUT THEY LIKE MINT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER-IN-LAW PERFORMED THIS IN FRONT OF HER
TO INFORMANT'S DAUGHTER, WHEN THE CHILD WAS SIX YEARS OLD.
THE CHILD STOPPED CHOCKING AND WAS CURED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): EUPHEMISM: BOTTOM FOR ANUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 01-21-1972

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BAD LUCK BY POINTING TO THE SKY (COLLECTOR,S TITLE) ; CONVERSION: BITING (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE) ; GESTURE OR SIGN LANGUE BY USE OF HANDS (CLASSIFIER,S TITLE)

THEY SAY THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO POINT TO THE SKY, IF YOU DO,
YOU SHOULD BITE YOUR FINGER UNTIL IT HURTS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HER MOTHER ALWAYS DID THIS, AND SAID THAT HER
MOTHER ALWAYS SAID THAT GOD DOES NOT LIKE TO BE POINTED AT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 02-02-1972

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COMMUNION HOSTS

THE INFORMANT'S AUNT WHO IS OF POLISH DESCENT, SENDS
SMALL SQUARES OF BLESSED HOSTS IN HER CHRISTMAS CARDS.
INFORMANT TOLD ME WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD, SHE AND HER
BROTHERS WOULD PLAY "CHURCH" AND PRETEND TO CELEBRATE
A MASS AND THEN EAT THE HOST.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Keyword(s): FOOD CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Oplatki
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Greetings, wishes, prayers, cards

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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JEWISH BELIEF

WHEN YOU COME BACK HOME FROM A CEMETERY, YOU MUST WASH YOUR HANDS
BEFORE ENTERING THE HOUSE SO THAT YOU SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM DEATH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-20-1977

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