Folktales from the Helotes Settlement
The Texas Folklore Society has been publishing a regular volume of
folklore research (our PTFS series) for the past several decades. Most
of these books are what we call miscellanies, compilations of the works
of multiple folklorists, and they feature articles on many types of
lore. We’ve also published over twenty “Extra Books,” which are
single-author manuscripts that examine a more focused topic.
Folktales from the Helotes Settlement by John Igo is Extra Book #25.
It’s a collection of personal memories from our longest active member,
who first joined the Society over fifty years ago. Here we find legends,
customs, and beliefs of the people of the Helotes Settlement near San
Antonio. These stories capture the lore of a place similar to lots of
other places—our places. They’re familiar to us all because, when we
get right down to it, the Helotes Settlement is not very different from
wherever we’re from.