American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore, 1st Edition

  • Christopher R. Fee
  • Jeffrey B. Webb
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  • ISBN-10: 1610695682
  • ISBN-13: 9781610695688
  • DDC: 398.209730
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1138 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released December 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Overview

A fascinating survey of the entire history of tall tales, folklore, and mythology in the United States from earliest times to the present, including stories and myths from the modern era that have become an essential part of contemporary popular culture.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
Guide to Related Topics.
Chronology.
1: Academe, Legends of.
2: Afghan American Folklore and Folktales.
3: AIDS Harry and AIDS Mary.
4: AIDS-Origins Traditions.
5: Alamo.
6: Algon and the Sky Girl.
7: Alien Abduction Stories and UFOs.
8: Allen, Ethan (1738–1789).
9: Alligators in the Sewers.
10: America as the New Israel.
11: American Cinderella Tales.
12: American Folklore Society (AFS).
13: Amityville Hauntings.
14: Anansi/Anancy.
15: Animal Bride.
16: Animal Tales.
17: Annie Christmas.
18: Apotamkin.
19: Appleseed, Johnny (1774–1845).
20: Area 51.
21: Arrow Boy.
22: Ashpet.
23: Atlantis.
24: Attucks, Crispus (1723–1770).
25: Aunty Greenleaf and the White Deer.
26: Axehandle Hound.
27: Azeban.
28: Babe the Blue Ox.
29: Babes in the Woods.
30: Baby Train.
31: Badger and the Bear.
32: Badman.
33: Ballad.
34: Ball-Tailed Cat.
35: Banana, Coconut, and Twinkie.
36: Barbara Allen.
37: Barker, Ma (1873–1935).
38: Barton, Clara (1821–1912).
39: Bass, Sam (1851–1878).
40: Batman.
41: Baykok.
42: Beal, Barnabas Coffin “Tall Barney” (1835–1899).
43: Bear Man of the Cherokee.
44: Beauty and the Beast Folklore.
45: Bell Witch.
46: Bellamy, Samuel “Black Sam” (1689–1717).
47: Bermuda Triangle.
48: Betsey and the Mole Skin.
49: Bettelheim, Bruno (1903–1990).
50: Big Bear of Arkansas.
51: Big Water Snake of the Blackfoot.
52: Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
53: Bilderbergers.
54: Birth of Good and Evil, an Iroquois Myth.
55: Black Aggie.
56: Black Dog.
57: Black Elk (1863–1950).
58: Blessing Way.
59: Bloody Mary or I Believe in Mary Worth.
60: Blue Hen’s Chicks.
61: Blue Nun.
62: Blue Rocks Folklore.
63: Blues as Folklore.
64: Boarhog for a Husband.
65: Bok Kai Temple, Folktale, and Parade.
66: Bokwewa.
67: Boles, Charles E. “Black Bart” (1829–1888).
68: Bonney, William “Billy the Kid” (1859–1881).
69: Bonnie and Clyde.
70: Boo Hag.
71: Boogie Man.
72: Boone, Daniel (1734–1820).
73: Borden, Lizzie (1860–1927).
74: Bowleg Bill.
75: Braucher Stories (Pennsylvania Dutch).
76: Brer Rabbit.
77: Bridger, Jim (1804–1881).
78: Brothers Who Followed the Sun, an Iroquois Legend.
79: Brown, John (1800–1859).
80: Brown, Margaret Molly Tobin (1867–1932).
81: Bunch of Laurel Blooms for a Present.
82: Buried Alive.
83: Cactus Cat.
84: A Calabash of Poi.
85: Calamity Jane (1852–1903).
86: Callin’ the Dog.
87: Campbell, Joseph (1904–1987).
88: Cancer Myths.
89: Cante Fables.
90: Capone, Alphonse “Scarface” (1899–1947).
91: Captain Alfred Bulltop Stormalong.
92: Cardiff Giant.
93: Carson, Kit (1809–1868).
94: Cash-Landrum UFO Encounter (1980).
95: Casos, Historias, and Tallas.
96: Cetan.
97: Chamorro Sirena, a Guamanian American Tale.
98: Champ.
99: Chanoyu.
100: Chariots of the Gods.
101: Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu.
102: Cheonyeo Gwisin, a Korean American Legend.
103: Cherokee Rose.
104: Chessie.
105: Chief Joseph (1840–1904).
106: Chinatown Ghost Stories.
107: Chinese American Mythological and Legendary Deities.
108: Chipmunk and Bear, an Iroquois Legend.
109: Christmas Gift.
110: Christmas Tree.
111: Chupacabra.
112: Cibola or Cities of Gold.
113: The Circle of Life and the Clambake.
114: Cody, William F. “Buffalo Bill” (1846–1917).
115: Columbus, Christopher (1451–1506).
116: Connecticut Yankee.
117: Conspiracy Theories.
118: Corn Hero.
119: Corn Mother.
120: Cortez, Gregorio (1875–1916).
121: Country Music as Folklore.
122: Coyote Tales.
123: Crazy Horse (ca. 1840–1877).
124: Creation Myth of the Tewa.
125: Creation Stories of the Native Americans.
126: Crichton Leprechaun.
127: Crockett, Davy (1786–1836).
128: Crop Circles.
129: Culture Heroes of the Native Americans.
130: Cursing of Colonel Buck.
131: Custer, George Armstrong (1839–1876).
132: Daddy Jack Stories.
133: Dance in a Buffalo Skull.
134: Dancing with the Devil.
135: DC Comics.
136: Death Coach.
137: Death Waltz.
138: Deer Woman.
139: DeGrow, Moll (fl. early nineteenth century).
140: Demon Cat.
141: Demonic Possession.
142: Devil on Washington Rock.
143: Devil’s Horn.
144: Dillinger, John (1903–1934).
145: Donner Party (1846–1847).
146: Drought Buster.
147: Dungarvon Whooper.
148: Dwayyo.
149: Earhart, Amelia (1897–1937).
150: Easter Bunny.
151: Easter Eggs.
152: Edison, Thomas (1847–1931).
153: El Muerto.
154: Ellis Island (New York).
155: Elvis (1935–1977).
156: European Sources.
157: Evil Eye.
158: Exorcism.
159: Express Train to Hell.
160: Fa Mu Lan, or Mulan.
161: Fairylore.
162: Fakelore.
163: Farmer’s Daughter.
164: Fearsome Critters.
165: Febold Feboldson.
166: Filipino American Folklore and Folktales.
167: Fink, Mike (ca. 1770–1823).
168: Fish(ing) Tales.
169: Fisher, Miles Mark (1899–1970).
170: Floyd, Charles “Pretty Boy” (1904–1934).
171: Flying Africans.
172: Folk Medicine.
173: Folklore and Folktales.
174: Forrest, Nathan Bedford (1821–1877).
175: Fortune Cookie, Origins of.
176: Founding Myths.
177: Fountain of Youth.
178: Frankie and Albert/Johnny.
179: Frog King.
180: Fur-bearing Trout.
Title Page.
1: Gaasyendietha, or Seneca Dragon.
2: Game Songs and Rhymes.
3: Gaspar, José (1757–1821).
4: Geronimo (1829–1909).
5: Gitchi Odjig, a Chippewa Hero.
6: Glooskap, an Abenaki Hero.
7: Goatman (Maryland Monster).
8: Gonzales, Ambrose E. (1857–1926).
9: Good Luck Charms.
10: Gore Orphanage Legend.
11: Great Gourd from Heaven, a Laotian American Myth.
12: Great Hare.
13: Great Spirit.
14: Gremlins.
15: Groundhog Day.
16: Guandi.
17: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (Tombstone, Arizona) (1881).
18: Gurbani Kirtan.
19: Hairy Woman.
20: Halloween Legends.
21: Hardy Hardhead.
22: Harris, George Washington (1814–1869).
23: Haunted Houses.
24: Hazard, Thomas Robinson (1797–1886).
25: Headless Horseman.
26: Henry, Patrick (1736–1799).
27: Herskovits, Melville Jean (1895–1963).
28: Hickok, James Butler “Wild Bill” (1837–1876).
29: Hidebehind.
30: Hoe Handle, Snake, and Barn.
31: The Hook.
32: Hoop Snake.
33: Hopkinsville Goblins.
34: Horned Serpent.
35: Hornigold, Benjamin (1680–1719).
36: How the Bat and Flying Squirrel Got Their Wings.
37: Huck Finn.
38: Hudson, Henry (ca. 1565–1611).
39: Hudson River Monster.
40: Hughes, Langston (1902–1967).
41: Hurston, Zora Neale (1891–1960).
42: Ibo Landing.
43: Igopogo.
44: Iktomi.
45: Internet Hoaxes.
46: Irving, Washington (1783–1859).
47: Jack Tales.
48: Jackalope.
49: Jackson, Thomas J. “Stonewall” (1824–1863).
50: James, Jesse (1847–1882).
51: Jataka Tales.
52: Jersey Devil.
53: Jinn.
54: Joe Magarac.
55: John Henry.
56: John the Conqueror (High John the Conqueror).
57: Joint Snake.
58: Jones, Casey (1863–1900).
59: Jones, John Paul (1747–1792).
60: Jumbo Riley.
61: Jumping the Broom.
62: Juneteenth.
63: Kachinas.
64: Kate Shelley Saves the Train.
65: Kaundinya and Soma.
66: Kelly, Joseph “Bunko” (dates unknown).
67: Kennedy, John F., Assassination of (1963).
68: Key, Francis Scott (1779–1843).
69: Kidd, Captain William (1645–1701).
70: The Kidney Heist.
71: Killer in the Backseat.
72: Killer-of-Enemies.
73: Kilroy.
74: The Kind Hawk.
75: Kirby, Jack (1917–1994).
76: Kushtaka.
77: La Lechuza.
78: La Llorona or Weeping Woman.
79: La Mala Hora.
80: La Malinche.
81: Lafitte, Jean (1776–1823).
82: LaLaurie House.
83: Lee, Stan (1922–).
84: Legend of the Pineapple.
85: Legend Tripping.
86: Legends.
87: Lennon, John, Shooting of (1980).
88: Leonard Crow Dog (1942–).
89: Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806).
90: The Licked Hand.
91: Lincoln Funeral Train (1865).
92: Lincoln, Abraham, as Folk Hero.
93: Lincoln, Abraham, Assassination of (1865).
94: Lithobolia, or Stone-Throwing Devil.
95: Lomax, Alan (1915–2002).
96: Lost Tribes of Israel.
97: Lover’s Leaps.
98: Lozen (ca. 1840–ca. 1887).
99: Lullaby.
100: Lumberjack Tales.
101: Malakas at Maganda, a Filipino American Creation Myth.
102: Malin Kundang.
103: Manstin the Rabbit.
104: Marvel Comics.
105: Mary’s Flowers.
106: McCartney, Paul, Alleged Death of.
107: McPike Mansion.
108: Melon Heads.
109: Mickey Mouse.
110: Microwaved Pet.
111: Milky Way, a Cherokee Legend.
112: Minstrel Shows.
113: Miss Liberty.
114: Mogollon Monster.
115: Momaday, Navarre (N.) Scott (1934–).
116: Momo the Missouri Monster.
117: Monkey King, or Sun Wukong.
118: Monroe, Marilyn, Death of (1962).
119: Monsters in Native American Legends.
120: Montauk Project.
121: Morgan, Gib (1842–1909).
122: Mormon Mythology.
123: Mose the Fireman.
124: Mothman.
125: Mound Builder Myth.
126: Mountain Men.
127: Murrieta, Joaquín (ca. 1829–1853).
128: Myrtles Plantation.
129: Myths.
130: Nain Rouge.
131: Name Lore and Magic.
132: Napi.
133: Nazar.
134: New World Order.
135: Niagara Falls’ Maid of the Mist, an Iroquois Legend.
136: Nin-am-bea.
137: No Tigers in Borneo, an Indonesian American Legend.
138: Nostradamus (1503–1566), Predictions of.
139: Nuclear Lore.
140: Nursery Rhymes.
141: Oakley, Annie (1860–1926).
142: Ocean-Born Mary.
143: Ogopogo.
144: Old Betty Booker.
145: Old Granny Tucker.
146: Oneida Maiden Hero.
147: Orphan Boy the Farmer, a Hmong American Folktale.
148: Ouija.
149: Our Lady of Guadalupe.
150: Out of Body Experiences.
151: Outlaw Heroes.
152: Paddy Murphy.
153: Pamola.
154: Parker, Robert Leroy “Butch Cassidy” (1866–1908).
155: Pata de Gallo.
156: Patch, Sam (ca. 1799–1829).
157: Paul Bunyan.
158: Pecos Bill.
159: Pedro de Urdemalas.
160: Pedro Mountains Mummy.
161: Pele Legends.
162: Phantom Clowns.
163: Philadelphia Experiment.
164: Piasa.
165: Pima Elder Brother.
166: Pine Barrens Tales.
167: Playing the Dozens.
168: Pocahontas and John Smith.
169: Pope Lick Monster.
170: Pourquoi Tales.
171: Prince Madoc’s Journey.
172: Pukwudgie.
Title Page.
1: Qiqirn.
2: Quillan, Boney (d. 1918).
3: Quilts.
4: Racism in Urban Legends.
5: Rackham, John “Calico Jack” (1682–1720).
6: Rain Bird.
7: Rainbow Crow.
8: The Relative’s Cadaver.
9: Ride of Paul Revere (1775).
10: Rip Van Winkle.
11: Roanoke.
12: Ross, Betsy (1752–1836).
13: Roswell (New Mexico) UFO Landings.
14: Rougarou.
15: The Runaway Grandmother.
16: Sacagawea (ca. 1787–ca. 1812).
17: Saints’ Legends.
18: Salem Witch Trials (1692).
19: Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind.
20: Sam Slick.
21: Santa Claus.
22: Saving Time.
23: Scary Stories.
24: Sea Shanties.
25: Second Death.
26: September 11 (2001) Conspiracy Theories.
27: Shamans.
28: Sharlie/Slimy Slim.
29: Shooting of the Red Eagle.
30: Shunka Warak’in.
31: Sidehill Gouger.
32: Silver, Frankie (ca. 1814–1833).
33: Skeleton Man.
34: Skinwalker.
35: Skunk Ape of the Everglades.
36: Slasher under the Car.
37: Slender Man.
38: Small World Legend.
39: Snallygaster.
40: Sody Sallyraytus.
41: South Asian American Folklore and Folktales.
42: Spider Man.
43: Spider Woman.
44: Spirituals.
45: Squonk.
46: Stagolee.
47: Stanley Hotel.
48: Star Boy, a Blackfoot Legend.
49: Star Husband Tale.
50: Star Maiden.
51: Stone Soup.
52: The Stork.
53: Storytelling.
54: Superman.
55: Supernaturalism in Legends and Folklore.
56: Superstitions.
57: Tailypo.
58: Tall Tales.
59: Tamil American Folklore and Proverbs.
60: Taotaomona and Suruhanu.
61: Tar-Baby.
62: Teakettler.
63: Teddy Bear.
64: Telltale Seaweed.
65: Thanksgiving.
66: Thatch, Edward “Blackbeard” (1675–1718).
67: Three Little Pigs and the Fox.
68: Thunderbird.
69: Tibetan American Folklore and Folktales.
70: Tiger Tales of the Hmong Americans.
71: Tizheruk.
72: Tlahuelpuchi.
73: Toad and the Boy.
74: Toasts.
75: Tommyknocker.
76: Tony Beaver.
77: Tooth Fairy.
78: Traditional Medicine and Healing in Laotian American Culture.
79: Transcendentalist Deity.
80: The Tree-Bound.
81: Trickster Rabbit.
82: Tricksters, Native American.
83: Truth, Sojourner (ca. 1797–1883).
84: Tubman, Harriet (ca. 1825–1913).
85: Turner, Nat (1800–1831).
86: Twain, Mark (1835–1910).
87: Two Ladies Trung, a Vietnamese American Legend.
88: Two-Headed Snake.
89: Two-Toed Tom.
90: Uncle Remus.
91: Uncle Sam.
92: Underwater Panthers.
93: Urban Legends/Urban Belief Tales.
94: Vaginal Serpent Theme.
95: Vampires.
96: Vane, Charles (ca. 1680–1721).
97: Vanishing Hitchhiker.
98: Vanishing Lady.
99: Villa, Pancho (1878–1923).
100: Vision Quest.
101: Voodoo.
102: Wallace, William Alexander Anderson “Bigfoot” (1817–1899).
103: Wampus Cat.
104: Ward, Artemus (1834–1867).
105: Warlike Seven.
106: Washington, George (1732–1799).
107: Water Buffalo, a Guamanian American Legend.
108: Water Jar Boy, a Tewa Legend.
109: Weather Prediction Myths.
110: Wedding Traditions and Taboos.
111: Weems, Parson (1759–1825).
112: Welded Contact Lenses.
113: Wendigo.
114: Wenebojo.
115: Werewolf.
116: Whaley House.
117: White Buffalo Woman.
118: White Deer.
119: White Lady of Durand Lake.
120: Whitey.
121: Wild Man of the Navidad.
122: Winchester Mystery House.
123: Windwagon Smith.
124: Wise Men of Chelm Stories.
125: Witch Doctors.
126: Woman Who Fell from the Sky.
127: Women in Folklore.
128: Woodcutter and the Fairy, a Korean American Folktale.
129: Woods, Joe (Wojtowicz).
130: Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1975).
131: Written or Printed Traditions.
132: Xeroxlore.
133: X-Files.
134: Yankee Doodle.
135: Yankee Peddler.
136: Yarns, Yarn-spinning.
137: Yehasuri.
138: Yokai.
139: The Zodiac.
140: Zombie Legends.
Bibliography.
Editors and Contributors.
Index.