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New York Folklore Vol. 19, Nos. 3-4, 1993
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Vol. XIX, Nos. 3-4, 1993


Editors’ Foreword


Hooked on Carving: Ice Fishing Decoy Carving in Michigan
C. Kurt Dewhurst 1

Spear Fishing and Spear Fishing Decoy Collecting: Connected Yet Separate Existential Worlds
Philip Nusbaum 19

Alex Maulson, Winter Spearer
James P. Leary 43

Regional Sports: "Playing" with Politics in the Adirondacks
Felicia Faye McMahon 59

A Place Called Gahaine: The Haunted Hill in Contemporary Seneca Story
Stephen C. Wehmeyer 75

Reconsidering Rollerskating: The Body Moving between Play and Performance

Justine McGovern

Folklore Notes

Communication Regarding the Identity of the Leatherman
A. W. Sadler 99

Was Susan Fenimore Cooper a Revenant?
Robert A. Emery 103


Baron and Spitzer, eds., Public Folklore
Nancy Groce 107

Chairetakis and Sciorra, Malidittu la Lingua/Damned Language: Vincenzo Ancona, Poetry and Miniatures
Steve Siporin 109

Cohen, The Dutch-American Farm
Simon J. Bronner 111

Harvey, Contemporary Irish Traditional Narrative: The English Language Tradition and Sexton, Mayan Folktales: Folklore from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Rachelle H. Saltzman 114

Johnstone, Stories, Community, and Place: Narratives from Middle America

Philip Nusbaum


Lawson, The Rules of Speed Chess
Nancy Groce 121

Mieder, Kingsbury, Harder, eds., A Dictionary of American Proverbs

W. F. H. Nicolaisen


Stahl, Literary Folkloristics and the Personal Narrative

Stephen W. Keller


Schoolcraft, Algic Researches: Indian Tales and Legends, Volumes I & II

Harold Kugelmass


Tomlan, Tinged with Gold: Hop Culture in the United States

Yvonne R. Lockwood


Whittier, Legends of New England

Peter Voorheis




“Seneca stories, like the mist, spin out from this place. When I first began to collect contemporary stories among the Seneca, I heard the names of Ga-hai-ne and Ga-hai hill again and again. I was told that strange floating lights, which appear frequently in Seneca story are often seen at Ga-hai-ne. The ghost of the shape-shifting giant, John Lampson, has been known to walk there, following an old path down to the river where his cabin once stood. Some time ago, a flagman on the Erie Railroad disappeared at Ga-hai-ne, and was never seen again. In the mind of the modern Seneca, Ga-hai-ne is the main point of contact between this world and the spirit world.” From “A Place Called Gahaine: The Haunted Hill in Contemporary Seneca Story” Stephen C. Wehmeyer

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