Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies

Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies

by Mary Hamilton


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The storytelling tradition has long been an important piece of Kentucky history and culture. Folktales, legends, tall tales, and ghost stories hold a special place in the imaginations of inventive storytellers and captive listeners. In Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies Kentucky storyteller Mary Hamilton narrates a range of stories with the voice and creativity only a master storyteller can evoke.

Hamilton has perfected the art of entrancing an audience no matter the subject of her tales. Kentucky Folktales includes stories about Daniel Boone's ability to single-handedly kill a bear, a daughter who saves her father's land by outsmarting the king, and a girl who uses gingerbread to exact revenge on her evil stepmother, among many others. Hamilton ends each story with personal notes on important details of her storytelling craft, such as where she first heard the story, how it evolved through frequent re-tellings and reactions from audiences, and where the stories take place. Featuring tales and legends from all over the Bluegrass State, Kentucky Folktales captures the expression of Kentucky's storytelling tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813136004
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,189,266
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Hamilton, a professional storyteller since 1983, frequently performs at local, regional, and national storytelling festivals as well as conducts storytelling workshops around the country. In 2009 she received the Circle of Excellence Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Haunts, Frights, and Creepy Tales

Introduction 11

Stormwalker 13

Promises to Keep 19

The Gingerbread Boy 27

Little Ripen Pear 36

Flannel Mouth 45

The Blue Light 52

The Open Grave 59

Tall Tales and Outright Lees

Introduction 63

Daniel Boone on the Hunt 65

Farmer Brown's Crop 67

Hunting Alone 70

Otis Ayers Had a Dog-Two Stories 73

Some Dog 76

More Kentucky Folktales

Introduction 93

The Enormous Bear 95

The Farmer's Smart Daughter 106

The Fortune Teller 113

The Princess Who Could Not Cry 117

Rawhead and Bloody Bones 122

Beyond Kentucky Folktales

Introduction 131

Kate Crackernuts 133

The King and His Advisor 151

Rabbit and the Alligators 157

Family Tales and Personal Narratives

Introduction 165

A Place to Start 167

Jeff Rides the Rides 169

Jump Rope Kingdom 173

Mary Helen's Fiancé 180

This Is the Story… 186

Permissions and Acknowledgments 189

Notes 191

Bibliography 211

Index 217

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