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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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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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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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BEST WORK

THE BEST WORK IS WHAT YOU LIKE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN A LETTER TO ME NOT LONG AGO BY MY GRANDFATHER.

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

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTENTMENT ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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LIFE

THE GREATEST PUZZLE IS LIFE ITSELF.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER IS FOND OF PHILOSOPHISING ON LIFE AND ITS MEANINGS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE ; LETTER TO INFORMANTS HOME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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A CHILD'S PRAYER SWEDISH

GUD SOM HATVER BARNEN KAR; SE TIL MIG SOM LITEN AR;
HVART JAG MIG I VERLDEN VANDER; STAR MIN LYCKA I GUD'S HANDER.

GOD THAT LOVES THE CHILDREN; WATCH O'ER ME THAT LITTLE IS;
WHERE EVER I TRAVEL IN THIS WORLD, RESTS MY FORTUNE IN
HIS HANDS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT REMEMBERS HER MOTHER TELLING HER THIS PRAYER
ABOUT 75 YEARS AGO, WHEN SHE WAS A SMALL CHILD.

Where learned: LETTER ; MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSLATION

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

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THERE WAS A BELIEF IN OLDER FARMING COMMUNITIES WHICH
STILL LINGERS THAT THE PERSON WHO FINDS A RED EAR OF
CORN WILL SOON BE MARRIED. GIRLS SEARCHED FOR THEM.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD THIS BELIEF EXPRESSED AMONG FARMING
FAMILIES ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WHOLE FAMILY IS HELPING
TO HUSK CORN, IT ADDS AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: Observation
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BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage

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THERE IS A BELIEF THAT THE BUTTERCUP FLOWER, WHEN HELD
TO A PERSON'S CHIN, INDICATES WHETHER THAT PERSON
IS IN LOVE OR LIKES BUTTER. IF YELLOW STAINS THE
CHIN, THAT PERSON IS IN LOVE OR VARIOUSLY LIKES
BUTTER.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS SHOWN TO ME YEARS AGO ON MY GRAND-
FATHER'S FARM. BUTTERCUPS GROW IN THE MEADOW.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Animal product Butter
BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

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HATE

THE MOST EXPENSIVE INDULGENCE IS HATE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN A LETTER TO ME NOT LONG AGO BY MY GRANDFATHER.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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THIS DAY WE FASHION DESTINY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ONE OF MY GRANDFATHER'S FAVORITE PROVERBS, AND
REFLECTS HIS BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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WEAKNESS

THE THREE MICROBES OF WEAKNESS: REGRET, WORRY AND FEAR.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER FIRMLY BELIEVES IN NOT REGRETTING WHAT
IS ALREADY PAST.

Where learned: HOME ; MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE ; WRITTEN IN A LETTER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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PROVERB: THE LAZY AT THEIR BEST

WHEN THE SUN NEARS ITS WESTERN HORIZON IS WHEN THE LAZY ARE AT
THEIR BEST.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS AS A VERY OLD SWEDISH PROVERB ABOUT LAZY
MEN.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-28-1970

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PROVERB: THINKING

WHEN YOU THINK, THINK RIGHT.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDFATHER REMEMBERS BEING TOLD THIS PROVERB BY HIS FATHER
MORE THAN SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO. IT WAS ONE OF HIS FAVORITES.

Where learned: MINNESOTA ; ROUTE 1 ; STURGEON LAKE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-05-1970

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