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Polish-American Folklore

by Deborah Anders Silverman

  • ISBN: 9780252025693
  • ISBN10: 0252025695

Polish-American Folklore

by Deborah Anders Silverman

  • List Price: $33.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780252025693
  • ISBN10: 0252025695
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Description: Integrating vivid photographs, firsthand observations, and interviews against a rich backdrop of ethnic practices and traditions, Deborah Anders Silverman explores how Polish Americans are creatively adapting the rural peasant folklore of the old country to life in multicultural, urban America.

Silverman surveys rituals of courtship, marriage, coming of age, and funerals. She follows the trail of folk stories and delves into folk music and dance, particularly the polka, providing a detailed discussion of texts, contexts, and performance practices. She also describes birthing practices, home remedies, superstitions, folk blessings, and miracle cures. In addition, she offers a wealth of information on foodways and on the origins and celebration of holy days, from Christmas Eve vigils to the Dyngus Day festivals of the Easter season.

Polish-American Folklore reveals a community that preserves distinctive traditions even though geographically dispersed in a new homeland. This "Polonia without walls" is united by a resilient, dynamic, family-oriented culture that attracts not only Polish immigrants and their descendants but also newcomers from other ethnic and racial groups.

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