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CHIPEWYAN ESKIMO

THEY DO NOT KILL WOLVES OR WOLVERINES BECAUSE THEY ARE
POWERFUL SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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CHIPEWYAN ESKIMO

THEY DO NOT KILL WOLVES OR WOLVERINES BECAUSE THEY ARE
POWERFUL SPIRITS.

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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Keyword(s): ANIMALS ; BELIEF ; Chipewyan ; Cultural ; Eskimo ; Inuit ; Kill ; Native Indian ; Wolverines ; Wolves

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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TUESDAY THE THIRTEENTH IS A TRADITIONAL BAD LUCK DAY IN SPAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: 686 Specific number by specific number being described
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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ON NEW YEARS EVE, SPAINIARDS GATHER IN THE MAIN OR NEIGHBORHOOD SQUA
OF THEIR VILLAGES, TOWNS OR CITIES TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR AND
USHER OUT THE OLD. THEIR HOPES OF GOOD LUCK FOR A BETTER NEW YEAR
ARE FOUND IN GRAPES. AT EACH STRIKEOF THE GONG OF THE MIDNIGHT
HOUR, ONE GRAPE IS PUT INTO YOUR MOUTH TO BE EATEN. IF YOU MANAGE
TO DIGEST THEM ALL, OR AT LEAST SWALLOW THEM, AND NOT WHOLE, THEN
THE COMING YEAR WILL AFFORD YOU GOOD FORTUNE.

Submitter comment: HIS MAY SEEM SIMPLE ENOUGH, BUT HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO EAT TWELVE
GOOD SIZED GRAPES AT ONCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
BELIEF -- P514 P514.2

Date learned: 06-00-1979

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IF YOU ARE TELLING SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING IN THE UPPER
PENINSULA, YOU WILL SAY "UP DER-PLACE-WAY"
LIKE "UP DER MARQUEETE WAY".

Submitter comment: WHILE SAYING THIS, MARK POINTED NORTH.
WHEN I ASKED HIM WHY HE POINTED, HE SAID HE DID NOT EVEN
REALIZE HE DID IT. HE THEN THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 11-00-1980

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OUR TELEPHONE SIGNOFF IN MICHIGAN'S U.P. IS
"OK BYE NOW" WHICH IS SAID
REALLY FAST LIKE IT IS ONE WORD. IT SOUNDS
LIKE THIS "OSH KAY BYE NU".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-00-1980

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TROLLS

THE PEOPLE FROM THE UPPER PENINSULA,
WHERE I COME FROM CALL THE PEOPLE
IN THE LOWER PENINSULA TROLLS BECAUSE YOU ARE BELOW THE BRIDGE.

Submitter comment: AS MARK SAID THAT, HE MADE A HAND GESTURE ON THE "BELOW" BY PUTTING HIS HAND BY HIS KNEE, PALM UP AND
SHAKING HIS HAND HORIZONTALLY TO
SHOW THAT BY BELOW HE DOESN'T MEAN UNDER. HE WAS ALSO LAUGHING

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
Favorites
SPEECH -- Gesture
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 11-00-1980

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A MEXICAN DRINKING GAME

TO GET THE HIGHEST ROLL OF THE DICE OVER THE OTHER PLAYERS,
THE DICE ARE READ WITH THE HIGHEST VALUE FIRST AND THE LESSER
VALUE SECOND. FOR EXAMPLE, IF I WERE TO ROLL A 4 AND A 5
THE VALUE IS 54. THE VALUES OF THE DICE INCREASE NUMERICALLY
AS DOES THE NUMBER SYSTEM. DOUBLES ARE AN EXCEPTION. DOUBLES
ARE HIGHER IN VALUE THAN ANY SPLIT ROLL AND THEY ALSO INCREASE
IN VALUE NUMERICALLY. (DOUBLE TWOS ARE GREATER THAN DOUBLE
ONES) THE HIGHEST ROLL POSSIBLE IS 21. THIS IS CALLED MEXICAN;
HENCE THE NAME OF THE GAME. THE GAME PROCEEDS BY SOMEONE
STARTING THE ROLL AND THEN LOOKING AT IT SO THAT HE IS THE ONE
WHO SEES IT. THE ROLLER THEN ANNOUNCES THE VALUE OF HIS ROLL
AND PASSES THE DICE TO THE NEXT PLAYER. THE NEXT PLAYER
BEATS THE VALUE ANNOUNCED OR HE IS FORCED TO DRINK A GLASS
OF BEER. NOW THE PERSON RECEIVING THE DICE HAS TWO OPTIONS.
HE MAY EITHER TRY TO BEAT THE ROLL OR HE MAY CHALLENGE THE
PREVIOUS ROLLER TO SEE IF HE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH.
IF THE ROLLER LOOKS AT THE DICE AND THE PREVIOUS ROLLER
WAS LYING THEN THE PREVIOUS ROLLER MUST DRINK. IF THE
PREVIOUS ROLLER WAS NOT LYING THEN THE CHALLENGER HAS
TO DRINK. IF THE ROLLER CHOOSES TO ROLL THE DICE TWO
THINGS MAY HAPPEN. ONE, THE ROLLER BEATS THE PREVIOUS
ROLL HE ANNOUNCES HIS ROLL AND PASSES THE DICE. TWO,
THE ROLLER DOES NOT BEAT THE PREVIOUS ROLL SO HE MAY
EITHER CHOOSE TO DRINK RIGHT THERE OR HE MAY PASS THE DICE
AND ANNOUNCE A FALSE SCORE AND SEE IF HE GETS CAUGHT.
WHEN ONE ROLLS 21 HE AUTOMATICALLY ANNOUNCES THAT HE HAS
MEXICAN, DISPLAYS THE DICE, AND EVERYONE DRINKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00001983CA

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CARIBOU ESKIMO

DURING THE FISHING SEASON, THEY CAN'T SPILL WATER
ON THE FLOOR; OTHERWISE IT WILL BRING THEM BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Foundation Floor
BELIEF -- Still water Man made container.
BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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CHIPEWYAN ESKIMO

THERE IS NO NATURAL DEATH OR ILLNESS, BUT IS CAUSED
BY HOSTILITY OF THE SUPERNATURAL SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARQUETTE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-00-1968

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