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Story Summaries

Folklore Magazine – Summer 2014

Poetry:                          “A Summer Parade” by Lois (Borland) Lee

Features:

Featured Photograph:  “Airplane at Blumenheim” by Jack Driedger, image captured in 1932.

“The Crescent Lake Rascals” by Wilmar Shingoose
In 1953, Alary School (south of Yorkton) had a Metis school band. Encouraged by Premier Tommy Douglas and drawn from the Metis community of Crescent Lake, the band played at the Farmer’s Bonspiel in Yorkton and travelled as far as Willow Bunch to perform.

“Notes from the Field: Folklore and Barns in Southern Saskatchewan” by Kristin Catherwood
Ms Catherwood is a post-graduate student studying folklore. She explains how barns as a symbol of the family farm, provide an entrée into tangible and intangible culture of Saskatchewan.

“Seven Men Standing on a Barrel” by Joseph G. Nagy
A leisure pursuit after a large family dinner, seven relatives stood on a barrel. The family tried to replicate this feat 68 years later at a family reunion.

“In This Quiet Place – Part 2” by Garry Radison
This is the second part of Mr. Radison’s family story of their immigration from Bukovyna, Ukraine to Canada in the late 1880s.

“It’s In the Pits” by Carl A. Krause
Apricot pit extraction was a job the author labored at as a youngster. If the pit was bitter, it was not used in baking. Later Mr. Krause discovered the dangerous nature of that bitter flavour.

“Homesteading at Loon River: Supplements” by John Hickie
The Hickie homesteading story was printed in the previous issue of Folklore. Mr. Hickie supplements that story with several photos and information from the Settlement Report filed in 1932.

“The Two Cent Stamp” by O. Lillie Randa
The weekly letter home with less postage than usual foretold of hard times in the city.

“Why I Love Saskatchewan – Part 3” by Beryl Forgay
In this installment of Mrs. Forgay’s memoirs, she shares her experience of obtaining a driver’s license and travelling regularly in the nursing districts in all seasons.

“Tripping the Light Fantastic at the School Dances” by Judy Revoy
Ms Revoy recalls dances at the local school house, Greenwater School. Dances were used to raise funds for the Christmas concert, there were box socials, pie socials, Sadie Hawkins dances and Hard Time dances. She also lists the names of the musicians who regularly played for the dances.

“As Seen in Saskatchewan – Then and Now” by Joan Hyndman
With an excellent recall of farming practices in the 1930s, Ms Hyndman compares farming practices and life then with current practices.

“Bogues, Fox, and Farm Innovation” by Slater Tubman
Grain pickling was a common practice to protect seed. Mr. Tubman uncovers the history of the Fox Grain Pickler and its connection to Woseley, Sask.

“A Searcher” by William Wardill
Using document research and divining rods, Mr. Wardill explored a Metis village near a prominent land feature called Bull’s Forehead Hill in the South Saskatchewan River valley.

“The Centennial Project” by R. J. (Bud) Thomson
Inspired by local community centennial celebrations, Mr. Thomson and his wife decided to resurrect the family outhouse on their farm south of Alsask.

Book Reviews:                Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life by James Daschuk
Story Summaries from previous Folklore issues:

Spring 2013     Summer 2013    Autumn 2013
Spring 2012     Summer 2012   Autumn 2012    Winter 2012-13
Spring 2011     Summer 2011    Autumn 2011     Winter 2011-12
Spring 2010    Summer 2010    Autumn 2010    Winter 2010-11
Spring 2009    Summer 2009   Autumn 2009    Winter 2009-10
Spring 2008    Summer 2008    Autumn 2008   Winter 2008-09
Spring 2007    Summer 2007    Autumn 2007    Winter 2007-08
Spring 2006    Summer 2006    Autumn 2006    Winter 2006-07
Spring 2005    Summer 2005    Autumn 2005    Winter 2005-06
Spring 2004    Summer 2004    Autumn 2004    Winter 2004-05
Spring 2003    Summer 2003    Autumn 2003    Winter 2003-04
Spring 2002    Summer 2002    Autumn 2002    Winter 2002-03

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