Occupational Folklore

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Unformatted text preview: Occupational Folklore Occupational An Introduction Occupational Folklore Defined Occupational Expressive culture of the Expressive workplace, with special emphasis upon informally learned narrative, skill, and ritual used to determine status and membership in the work group. work The Farmer The Farming by the Moon Farming The age-old practice of The performing farm chores farm by the Moon stems from the simple belief that the Moon governs moisture. Moon Pliny the Elder, the firstcentury Roman naturalist, century stated in his Natural History that the Moon "replenishes the earth; when she approaches it, she fills all bodies, while, when she recedes, she empties them." empties Moonrise Moonrise Moonrise occurring in Moonrise the evening brings fair weather, says one proverb, harking back to the belief that the waning Moon (full and last quarter, which rise in the evening) is dry. Moon Folklore Moon Rail fences cut during the dry, waning Moon will Rail stay straighter. Wooden shingles and shakes will lie flatter if cut during the dark of the Moon. Fence posts should be set in the dark of the Moon to resist rotting. Ozark lore says that fence posts should always be set as the tree grew. To set the root end upward makes a short-lived fence. Don't begin weaning when the Moon is waning. Moon Folklore Moon Castrate and dehorn animals when the Moon is waning Castrate for less bleeding. Slaughter when the Moon is waxing for juicier meat. Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full. Best days for fishing are between the new and full Moon. Dig your horseradish in the full Moon for the best flavor. Set eggs to hatch on the Moon's increase, but not if a south wind blows. Migrant Workers Migrant Stephen Colbert’s Testimony Stephen We all know there is a long tradition of great nations We importing foreign workers to do their farm work. After all, it was the ancient Israelites who built the first food pyramids.” pyramids.” “This is America. I don’t want a tomato picked by a This Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.” Chilean “My grandfather did not travel across 4,000 miles of the My Atlantic Ocean to see this country overrun by immigrants. He did it because he killed a man back in Ireland.” Ireland.” Stephen Colbert’s Testimony Stephen When you’re picking beans, you have to spend all day When bending over. It turns out, and I did not know this, most soil is at ground level. If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we make the earth waist high? Come on, where is the funding?” where “Normally, I would leave this to the invisible hand of the Normally, market. But the invisible hand of the market has already moved over 84,000 acres of production and over 22,000 farm jobs to Mexico and shut down over a million acres of U.S. farmland due to lack of available labor — because apparently, even the invisible hand doesn’t want to pick beans.” want “Maybe the easier answer is just to have scientists Maybe develop vegetables that can pick themselves. Seafaring Seafaring John Moynihan John Jobs in the merchant Jobs marine are not easy to come by, and strings were pulled on Moynihan’s behalf. As he was given his assignment, he was told by a merchant marine bureaucrat, “So far as anybody’s concerned, your father is a bartender on the West Side.” Supertanker Supertanker Dining Car Dining Porters Shined Shoes at Night Porters Dining Car Kitchen Dining Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint Cary Railroad Card Shark Railroad Over 300 card sharks Over once worked aboard the Union Pacific alone. A deck of cards was so common that it was known as a “Railroad Bible.” The Missouri RR fined any conductor who allowed gambling. allowed Railroad Switchman Railroad John Henry John John Henry is an American folk hero and tall tale. Henry worked as a "steel-driver"—a man tasked with hammering and chiseling rock in the construction of tunnels for railroad tracks. In the legend, John Henry's prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race against a steam powered hammer, which he won only to die in victory with his hammer in his hand. The story of John Henry has been the subject of numerous songs, stories, plays, and novels. plays, Statue of John Henry Statue Summers County, West Virginia Gandy Dancers Gandy Train Robbers Train “Midnight Special” (Song) "Midnight Special" iis a traditional folk song thought to s have originated among prisoners in the American South. The title comes from the refrain which refers to the Midnight Special and its "ever-loving light" (sometimes Midnight "ever-living light"). "ever-living Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me, Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me. (Traditional) (Traditional) The song is historically performed in the country-blues The style from the viewpoint of the prisoner. The song has been covered by many different artists. been Wreck of the Old 97 Wreck Wreck of the Old 97 Wreck Old 97 was a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail. It ran from Washington DC to Atlanta, Georgia. On September 27, 1903 while en route from Monroe, Virginia, to Spencer, North Carolina, the train derailed at Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia. The wreck inspired a famous railroad ballad. railroad The End The ...
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