Kentucky Folktales

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-05-22
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky
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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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Haunts, Frights, and Creepy Tales
Introductionp. 11
Stormwalkerp. 13
Promises to Keepp. 19
The Gingerbread Boyp. 27
Little Ripen Pearp. 36
Flannel Mouthp. 45
The Blue Lightp. 52
The Open Gravep. 59
Tall Tales and Outright Lees
Introductionp. 63
Daniel Boone on the Huntp. 65
Farmer Brown's Cropp. 67
Hunting Alonep. 70
Otis Ayers Had a Dog-Two Storiesp. 73
Some Dogp. 76
More Kentucky Folktales
Introductionp. 93
The Enormous Bearp. 95
The Farmer's Smart Daughterp. 106
The Fortune Tellerp. 113
The Princess Who Could Not Cryp. 117
Rawhead and Bloody Bonesp. 122
Beyond Kentucky Folktales
Introductionp. 131
Kate Crackernutsp. 133
The King and His Advisorp. 151
Rabbit and the Alligatorsp. 157
Family Tales and Personal Narratives
Introductionp. 165
A Place to Startp. 167
Jeff Rides the Ridesp. 169
Jump Rope Kingdomp. 173
Mary Helen's FiancÚp. 180
This Is the Story…p. 186
Permissions and Acknowledgmentsp. 189
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 217
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