Folklore embedded in Fair and Tender Ladies and Buffalo Dance


Elizabeth Page (Appalachian State University, retired)

Folklore is defined as the traditional stories, crafts, customs, and beliefs passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth or imitation. It is through folklore that observers are given the opportunity to learn about a community or group of people from the inside out. Although there has been a shift in folklore from spoken word to being represented and documented in written word, these stories and traditions still hold aspects of community values and fears. This paper examines the aspects of folklore that have been documented and transcribed into literature through the use of Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies and Frank X Walker’s Buffalo Dance.

Part of 22-07 Scotland to NC Mountain Community Values and Fears Inside Out in Literature, Ballads, Black Fiddler Dance Music, and Apprentices and Mentors (with media and music), Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm