By Roger L. Welsch
Folklore tells us whatever approximately virtually each element of the lifetime of the folks. This wealthy and wonderful number of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken mostly from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued by way of the Federal Writers' undertaking within the Thirties, is meant at the beginning for the overall reader, for the folk whose historical past it is. Songs of path and prairie and of the Farmers' Alliance, white man's yarns and Indian stories, pioneer Nebraska people customs, sayings, proverbs, ideals, kid's video games, cooking, and cures—these "wondrously unique kaleidoscopic reflections of the folk and setting that have been inspirations of the vintage literature of Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather—to identify two—could be a version for Americana creditors in different states to emulate. . . . A treasury indeed."—King beneficial properties Syndicate "Parade of Books."
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They buried him out on the prairie, And the coyotes may howl o'er his grave, But his soul is at rest with its Giver From the unkind cut that she gave, And many a similar puncher, As he rides by that pile of stones, Recalls some similar woman And is glad that it's not his bones. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie Collected from Mrs. Cecile Larson of Lincoln, whose mother sang it as a lullaby. As Louise Pound and others have pointed out, it appears to have been adapted from an English song, "Ocean Burial," telling of a youth dying at sea who had hoped to be buried in the churchyard on a hillside, mourned by his family and sweetheart (19).
Page iii A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore Compiled by Roger L. , comp. A treasury of Nebraska pioneer folklore. Compiled by Roger L. Welsch. Illustrated by Jack Brodie. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press [1967, c1966] xviii, 391 p. 27 cm. Includes unacc. melodies. Bibliography: p. 384-387. 1. FolkloreNebraska. 2. NebraskaSocial life and customs. I. Title. ) Page v To my family Page vi Page vii CONTENTS Introduction ix I. Songs and Dances 1 Songs of Trail and Prairie 3 Songs of the Farmers' Alliance 57 Square Dances 80 II.
There were a few homesteaders on the Elkhorn as far north as Norfolk, and a few along the Missouri from Sioux City to the mouth of the Niobrara. Then came a period of dramatic growth and expansion: by 1900 the frontier line had receded to the northwest corner of the state and the population had increased by more than a million. Twenty-nine of the thirty songs which follow are those that Nebraska pioneers were singing during the years from 1870 to 1900, the three decades that saw the conquest of the wild land and the transformation of a raw, new country into the abiding place of an organized society.