Tales from the Cloud Walking Country.

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Assembled here are seventy-eight stories from six of the "ballad-singingest, tale-tellingest" residents of the eastern Kentucky mountain country. Based on stories rooted in European traditions from German fairy tales to Irish hero stories to Greek myths, the tales had been handed down through generations of telling before Marie Campbell collected them in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Readers will recognize the story of Snow White in "A Stepchild That Was Treated Mighty Bad," while "Three Shirts and a Golden ...
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Assembled here are seventy-eight stories from six of the "ballad-singingest, tale-tellingest" residents of the eastern Kentucky mountain country. Based on stories rooted in European traditions from German fairy tales to Irish hero stories to Greek myths, the tales had been handed down through generations of telling before Marie Campbell collected them in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Readers will recognize the story of Snow White in "A Stepchild That Was Treated Mighty Bad," while "Three Shirts and a Golden Finger Ring" recalls the fairy tale of the Seven Swans. "The Fellow That Married A Dozen Times" is a lively rendition of "Bluebeard." As the narrators cautioned Marie Campbell again and again, "Tale-telling is nigh about faded out in the mountain country," but Tales from the Cloud Walking Country offers a lasting record of history, cultural heritage, language, and good old-fashioned fun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780837186078
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/18/1976
  • Pages: 270

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
I. Tales With All Manner of Things Golden 19
Aunt Lizbeth Fields 21
The Flower of Dew 25
The Spindle, the Shuttle, and the Needle-All Golden 27
The Queen with Golden Hair 30
The Golden Rain 32
Three Shirts and a Golden Finger Ring 34
The Golden Children 36
The Golden Princess 38
The Golden Comb 40
A Silver Tree with Golden Apples 43
The Golden Bracelet 45
The Girl with the Golden Finger 47
Golden Apple 50
Stockings of Buttermilk 52
A Stepchild That Was Treated Mighty Bad 53
The Little Old Rusty Cook Stove in the Woods 59
II. A Fine Mort of Olden Tales 63
Big Nelt 65
The King's Golden Apple Tree 70
The Bird of the Golden Land 78
Little Cat Skin 82
Ash Cakes and Water 83
The Weaver's Boy 85
The Terrible Valley 89
The Fisherman's Son 92
Heart, Liver, and Lights 94
Old Shake-Your-Head 98
Gilly and His Goatskin Clothes 100
The King of Spain's Magic Cow 103
Folks That Growed Fur to Keep Warm 104
Cold Feet and the Lonesome Queen 106
A Curious Law About Asking in Marriage 109
When Finn Was a Boy 111
Finn's Seven Hired Men 114
Old Wooly Back 116
Three Men Named Three Different Colors 118
Connie's Thumb Ring 120
A Tale Too Sad for Telling 122
III. Tales Where Things Go in Threes 127
Uncle Tom Dixon 129
The Jay Bird That Had a Fight With a Rattlesnake 132
The Three Girls with the Journey-Cakes 140
The Three Boys with the Journey-Cakes 143
The Girl That Married a Flop-Eared Hound-Dog 147
The Snake Princess 151
The Cabbage Heads That Worked Magic 156
The Donkey That Was a Boy 158
The Princess That Wore a Rabbit-Skin Dress 161
The Girl Without Any Hands 163
The Boy That Was Foolish-Wise 165
The Farmer's Boy That Got Educated 168
The Boy That Was Trained to Be a Thief 170
The Devil for a Husband 172
The Golden Arm 175
IV. Tales Picked Up Along With Doctoring 177
Doc Roark 179
The Water of Life 183
The Doctor That Acted a Partner with Death 185
Doctors Ain't Smart as They Think They Be 187
The Snake Doctor 188
The Boy That Had a Bear for a Daddy 190
The Blacksmith That Tried Doctoring 191
The Man That Never Washed for Seven Years 193
The Bird Liver 195
The Golden Filly Chest 196
The Farmer's Daughter 198
The Beggar with the Baskets 200
The Contrarious Pig 202
V. Tales Old Men Followed Telling 207
Uncle Blessing 209
The June Apple Tree 212
The Witch from the Ocean Waters 216
The Girl That Wouldn't Do a Hand's Turn 220
A Queen That Got Her Just Deserts 221
The Women That Turned to Niggers 222
The Jew That Danced Amongst the Thorn Bushes 224
The Cat That Went A-Traveling 226
A Bunch of Laurel Blooms for a Present 228
My Favoritest Olden Tale 230
VI. Tales for Idle Telling 235
Sam Caudill 237
The Girl That Weren't Ashamed to Own Her Kin 241
The Girl That Could Do Any Job of Work 242
The Changeable Man 243
Old Bushy Beard 244
The Fellow That Married a Dozen Times 246
The Devil and His Grandmother 246
The Girl That Changed to a Flower Bloom 247
The Shining, Beautiful Lady 249
Notes for Folktales in This Collection 251
Bibliography 265
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