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Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers Folk Traditions of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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ISBN-10: 0299227146

ISBN-13: 9780299227142

Edition: 3rd 2008

Authors: James P. Leary, Richard Dorson

List price: $24.95
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Remote and rugged, Michigan's Upper Peninsula (fondly known as "the U.P.") has been home to a rich variety of indigenous peoples and Old World immigrants--a heritage deeply embedded in today's "Yooper" culture. Ojibwes, French Canadians, Finns, Cornish, Poles, Italians, Slovenians, and others have all lived here, attracted to the area by its timber, mineral ore, and fishing grounds. Mixing local happenings with supernatural tales and creatively adapting traditional stories to suit changing audiences, the diverse inhabitants of the U.P. have created a wealth of lore populated with tricksters, outlaws, cunning trappers and poachers, eccentric bosses of the mines and lumber camps, "bloodstoppers" gifted with the lifesaving power to stop the flow of blood, "bearwalkers" able to assume the shape of bears, and more. For folklorist Richard M. Dorson, who ventured into the region in the late 1940s, the U.P. was a living laboratory, a storyteller's paradise. "Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers," based on his extensive fieldwork in the area, is his richest and most enduring work. This new edition, with a critical introduction and an appendix of additional tales selected by James P. Leary, restores and expands Dorson's classic contribution to American folklore. Engaging and well informed, the book presents and ponders the folk narratives of the region's loggers, miners, lake sailors, trappers, and townsfolk. Unfolding the variously peculiar and raucous tales of the U.P., "Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers" reveals a vital component of Upper Midwest culture and a fascinating cross-section of American society.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 5/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Introduction
The Background of This Book
The Indian Tradition
Indians Stuffed and Live
Bearwalkers
Tricksters and Thunders
The European Tradition
Canadiens
Cousin Jacks
Finns
Bloodstoppers
The Native Tradition
Townsfolk
Lumberjacks
Miners
Lakesmen
Sagamen
Notes on the Tales
More Commentary and Tales from the Upper Peninsula
From "Aunt Jane Goudreau: Roup-Garou Storyteller"
"Peninsula Characters"
From "Polish Wonder Tales of Joe Woods"
From "Polish Tales from Joe Woods"
From "Dialect Stories of the Upper Peninsula: A New Form of American Folklore"
From "Finnish American Dialect Stories Told by Charles Follo of Escanaba, Michigan"
From "Big Eaters"
Index