Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for North Carolina Folklore Journal Vol. 31 Issue 1, Spring-Summer 1983
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The folk belief, \"If you have a mole on your neck, you will be hanged,\" was heard around the turn of the century and before, when hanging was a common form of execution. Charles Waddell Chesnutt uses this belief from the folklore of southern African Americans as an important tool to develop the theme of social strangulation in The Marrow of Tradition, first published in 1901.
Glass details the cures and remedies of an Indian doctor found in an Englishman's diary from the early 1830s. Remedies are used to cure such ailments as Rheumatism, colic, tooth ache, fever, and ear ache to name a few.
Beginning with a brief biography of Ray Hicks and how he began telling Jack tales, the author recorded three tales, “The Doctor’s Daughter/Jack and the Robbers,” “The Cat and the Mouse,” and “Lucky and Unlucky Jack.”
Starting as an anthropological study in northeastern North Carolina, the author learns about the techniques used in making and using duck decoys, as duck hunting is a large part of society. The decoys work no matter how crudely they are made, but the carvings and designs on it are symbolic of social status.
The earliest written accounts of plants and roots being used to cure snake bites and other maladies in the new world.