Folk Tale Journey Through the Maritimes

Helen Creighton

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ISBN: 9781926908564

Folk Tale Journey Through the Maritimes

  Author:   Helen Creighton    
  Editor :   Michael Taft, Ronald Caplan,
  Publisher:  Breton Books

These are the folk tales from Dr. Helen Creighton’s life journey through the Maritime Provinces, collecting songs and ghost stories and old cures–and folk tales. Helen serves as our guide, introducing us to storytellers, setting the scene of the telling–and then she lets the person tell the story just as it was told to her.

The feel of the kitchen and the fish shed still cling to these stories. Some are long, really miraculous folk tales–miraculous in detail and in that they have managed to survive. Others are the brief riddle or the tantalizing quick-telling that a folklorist can expect along the way. Helen kept it all. And taken as a whole, the reality and intensity of those rare smaller pieces reveal their value in among the more finished, well-told tales.

Both Helen Creighton and A Folk Tale Journey Through the Maritimes are Atlantic treasures. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Michael Taft and Ronald Caplan, and a Motif Index by Michael Taft.

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ISBN associated with this title:9781926908564
Item BB0122
PublisherBreton Books
Published onJuly 23 2018
Language eng
Pages 268
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight448(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Helen Creighton (1899-1989) was one of Canada's most respected and renowned folklorists. She received numerous awards for her achievements, including six honorary doctorates and the Queen's Medal, and she was also made a member of the Order of Canada in 1976. Helen authored thirteen books, including Bluenose Magic and A Life in Folklore.

After 25 years conducting folklore fieldwork in Canada and the northern plains of the United States, Michael Taft retired as Head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. He has held research and teaching positions at universities across Canada. His books include Talkin' to Myself: Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942; "Them Days": Memories of a Prairie Valley; The Bard of Edam: Walter Farewell, Homesteader Poet; Discovering Saskatchewan Folklore; Tall Tales of British Columbia; and A Regional Discography of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1904-1972.