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Polish-American Folklore (Folklore and Society)

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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. S

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 9th 2000 by University of Illinois Press
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Not what I expected; before cracking it open, I thought it would be a book of folktales. Instead, Silverman presented a thorough, academic overview of how various folkways--dance, food, storytelling, marriage, etc.--evolved in Polonia, that is, the Polish diaspora in the United States. It was a far cry from folktales, but because Silverman's writing style was conversational and engaging, and because it's always interesting to learn about different cultures and the reasons people do and believe t ...more
Growing up in a Polish Slovak family, I always wonder where some of the traditions came from. Well, after reading this I know what I didn't to begin with. I love Koledy. I have since I was a child. Also the polka. You can never be blue when doing a polka.
I would have to say that I am proud of my heritage, and grateful for all the celebrations over the years.
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