Folklore Magazine – Summer 2014
Poetry: “A Summer Parade” by Lois (Borland) Lee
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