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Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Gr

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By Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and Troyd A. Geist

This groundbreaking compilation by the North Dakota Council on the Arts is a celebration of the proud folk heritage of the Northern Great Plains that has been 30 years in the making.

Most of the material comes from North Dakota, with each of the state's 53 counties represented.  Tradtions from the prairies of South Dakota, western Minnesota, eastern Montana, northeastern Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Alberts, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan also are included.  Much of it is unique to the Northern Great Plains, while others examples are found in different parts of the country but often changed to reflect the region's character.

The material covers ghost stories, and other strange tales, legends, blizzard stories, weatherlore, proverbs, folk expressions and folk speech, folk beliefs, folk medicine, holiday celebrations, hunting fishing and trapping traditions, and folk art.

Bearwalkers, Bigfoot, haunted houses, the blizzard of 1966, the floods of 1997 and 2009, sundogs, rodeos, jokes, antler-carving, sunflower pie, decorative Easter eggs, methods to foretell the weather using onions, American Indian flutes also are covered.

352 pages. Hardcover.

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