Why I m an Only Child and Other Slightly Naughty Plains Folktales

Author: Roger L. Welsch
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803285914
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One day Roger Welsch ventured to ask his father a delicate personal question: “Why am I an only child?” His father’s answer is one of many examples of the delightful and laughter-inducing ribald tales Welsch has compiled from a lifetime of listening to and sharing the folklore of the Plains. More narrative than simple jokes, and the product of multiple retellings, these coarse tales were even delivered by such prudish sources as Welsch’s stern and fearsome German great-aunts. Speaking of cucumbers and sausages in a toast to a newly married couple, the prim and proper women of Welsch’s memory voice the obscene and unspeakable in stories fit for general company. Why I’m an Only Child and Other Slightly Naughty Plains Folktales is Welsch’s celebration of the gentle and evocative bits of humor reflecting the personality of the people of the Plains.

It s Not the End of the Earth But You Can See It from Here

Author: Roger Welsch
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803298088
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Roger Welsch did what many Americans only dream of doing. While still in his professional prime, the folklorist and humorist quit a tenured professorship and headed toward the hinterland. Resettled in the open heart of Nebraska with his wife, Welsch proceeded to learn how to live. It?s Not the End of the Earth, but You Can See It from Here is, in his own words, "a celebration" of his "rural education." ø These twenty-eight tales of the Great Plains convey in familiar Welschian style "the importance, charm, beauty, and value of the typical." They describe the wisdom that Welsch?s new-found teachers share with him. From everyday country people, he learns the fine arts of relaxing, using his noggin, trusting his instincts, and laughing a lot more, while Omaha Indian friends teach him the most profound lessons of all.

This Old Farm

Author: Michael Dregni
Publisher: Crestline Books
ISBN: 9780785830047
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Filled with wonderful, heartwarming stories, essays, and great photography and artwork recounting life on the family farm, This Old Farm provides an entertaining and educational mirror into the past with glorious contemporary farm photography and artwork. Whether you grew up on a farm, knew someone who did, or wished you did, you'll cherish This Old Farm, a nostalgic collection of family farm memories that will bring you back to simpler days

My Nebraska

Author: Roger Welsch
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803236336
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Originally published: Guilford, Conn.: Globe Pequot Press, c2006.

Hugh Glass

Author: James D. McLaird
Publisher: South Dakota State Historical Society
ISBN: 9780985290535
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The most famous grizzly-bear attack in the history of the American West took place in 1823 and left Glass struggling for life. Setting out on a journey of revenge and forgiveness, he eventually crawled 200 miles across the plains back to civilization. The story of Hugh Glass has provided fertile ground for articles, books and film, but the real man remains much of a mystery. McLaird, a historian, traces the few existing threads of Glass's life and delves into the role of popular history in making a legend. He also looks at the grizzly bear itself, examining popular sentiments towards the creature that led to its near-extinction. "Had it not been for a chance encounter with a grizzly bear along the Grand River in what is now northwestern South Dakota," says McLaird, "Hugh Glass would barely warrant a passing note in fur-trade history. That fact made researching him a challenge." "Hugh Glass: Grizzly Survivor" is the latest addition to the South Dakota Biography Series.

A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore

Author: Roger L. Welsch
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803297074
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Folklore tells us something about almost every aspect of the life of the people. This rich and entertaining collection of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken largely from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued by the Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s, is intended first and foremost for the general reader, for the people whose heritage it is. Songs of trail and prairie and of the Farmers' Alliance, white man's yarns and Indian tales, pioneer Nebraska folk customs, sayings, proverbs, beliefs, children's games, cooking, and cures—these "wondrously entertaining kaleidoscopic reflections of the people and environment that were inspirations of the classic literature of Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather—to name two—could be a model for Americana collectors in other states to emulate. . . . A treasury indeed."—King Features Syndicate "Parade of Books."

Collected Folk Tales

Author: Alan Garner
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007446101
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The definitive collection of traditional British folk tales, selected and retold by the renowned Alan Garner.

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

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Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN: 1590211758
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This entertaining and insightful retelling of the Nasruddin corpus by a noted anthologist and lifelong Nasruddin devotee brings the beloved Persian folk hero into the 21st century. With more than 343 stories, this collection easily becomes the definitive English anthology of Mullah Nasruddin's wit and wisdom.