Folklore: In All of Us, In All We Do is now available as a free
e-book at the UNT Digital Library and The Portal to Texas History.
Folklore is everywhere, whether you are aware of it or not. A culture’s
traditional knowledge is used to remember the past and maintain
traditions, to communicate with other members within a community, to
learn, to celebrate, and to express creativity. It is what helps
distinguish one culture from another. Although folklore is so much a
part of our daily lives, we often lose sight of just how integral it is
to everything we do. If we look for it, we can find folklore in places
where we’d never think it existed.
Folklore: In All of Us, In All We Do includes articles on a variety of
topics. One chapter looks at how folklore and history complement one
another; while historical records provide facts about dates, places and
names, folklore brings those events and people to life by making them
relevant to us. Several articles examine the cultural roles women fill.
Other articles feature folklore of particular groups, including oil
field workers, mail carriers, doctors, engineers, police officers, horse
traders, and politicians. As a follow-up article to Inside the
Classroom (and Out), which focused on folklore in education, there is
also an article on how teachers can use writing in the classroom as a
means of keeping alive the storytelling tradition.
The Texas Folklore Society has been collecting and preserving folklore
since its first publication in 1912. Since then, it has published or
assisted in the publication of nearly one hundred books on Texas