The paisano, or roadrunner, is the emblem of the Texas Folklore Society. However, Paisanos is not a bird book—it is a folklore miscellany, a collection of essays on folklore generally, but mainly on Texas folklore. Paisanos covers a wide field of folklore, from the academic to the popular, from the scientific to the mystical, and from studies of uses of the past to practices in folklore that are still very much a part of our lives.
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PAISANOS is not a bird book about paisanos, or roadrunners. It is a folklore miscellany, a collection of essays on folklore generally, but mainly on Texas folklore. The miscellany has long been the natural form for publications of the Texas Folklore Society. The paisanos, or fellow countrymen of the Society, are a miscellaneous group themselves. Their interests are as miscellaneous as they are, and the annuals are a means of exchanging information and sharing it with an interested public. Paisanos begins, rightly enough, with J.Frank Dobie's well-known article on paisanos which the Society first published in 1954. The rest of the book is divided into four sections: folk tales, folklore in journalism, reflections on the lore of the past, and some analyses of folklore generally. It concludes with a listing and discussion of publishers of Texas folklore. The roadrunner motif is carried out by Linda Miller Roach, whose sketches are used throughout the book. The four different folklore sections in the book are separated by photographic studies of the Anasazi Indian pueblos, a small town printing press, a country store, and cock fighting. Paisanos covers a wide field of folklore, from the academic to the popular, from the scientific to the mystical, and from studies of uses of the past to practices in folklore that are still very much a part of our lives.About the Author:
FRANCIS EDWARD ABERNETHY was Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University, the executive secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society, the curator of exhibits for the East Texas Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. In addition to editing twenty-one Texas Folklore Society publications, he wrote Singin' Texas, Legends of Texas’ Heroic Age, and all three volumes of the Texas Folklore Society history, published by the University of North Texas Press.
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Book Description Austin: Encino Press, 1978. 1st ed. [Stated]. Hardcover. 180 pages., 1978. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Paisanos covers a wide range of folklore, not all of it Texas related. The Texas Folklore Society Number XLI. Pen & ink sketches by Linda Miller Roach, b/w photos. Fine/Fine. New old stock from our archives. Multiple copies available. Dj in protective mylar sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # A1391
Book Description University of North Texas Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1574410598
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Book Description University of North Texas Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. illustrated edition edition. 180 pages. 9.50x6.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1574410598