705-1 Paul Bunyan puppet
Theater – Paul Bunyan is a myth, or folk tale.
He was a very large lumberjack. Most of the tales about him revolve
around his size and his best friend, Babe the Blue Ox. They said that
Paul had grown out of his father’s clothes by the time he was
one week old and that the tracks he and Babe made running around Minnesota
made the 10,000 lakes.
705-2 Turtle Maraca – A study of folklore would
not be complete without mentioning some of the symbols common to the
Native American tribes, which inhabit the USA. These are not “tall
tales” but animal symbols, which were used to portray certain
characteristics. The turtle represents the heart of the soul, the
keeper of life and the symbol of women.
705-3 Pecos Bill Tornado – Why everyone in
the West knows that Pecos Bill could ride anything. He decided to
ride a tornado starting in Kansas. Finally that tornado decided it
couldn’t throw Bill so it headed west to California and rained
itself out. It made so much water it created the Grand Canyon. Finally
Bill fell off. He hit the ground so hard it sank below sea level.
Folks call the spot Death Valley!
705-4 Buffalo Bill Vest – William Frederick
Cody, known as Buffalo Bill, was a buffalo hunter, U.S. army scout,
and an Indian fighter. But he is probably best known as the man who
gave the Wild West its name. He also had a Wild West show which helped
to create the image of the Wild, Wild West. He was born in 1846 and
died in 1917.
705-5 Johnny Appleseed
– Johnny Appleseed spent his life planting apple seeds across
the country. His real name was John Chapman. He created apple orchards
in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio. After 200 years,
some of those trees still bear apples. Johnny Appleseed’s dream
was for a land where blossoming apple trees were everywhere and no
one was hungry. He died in 1845 – it was the only time he was
sick in over 70 years.