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The title of this book alludes to two branches of folklore that exist side by side in Texas, the English and the Mexican. The English tradition is symbolized by the willow and the Mexican by the Mesquite. Mezquite is the Spaniards' approximation of Nahuatl mizquitl, and of course Mexican folklore contains a mixture of Spanish and Indian elements. The mesquite and the willow both grow in Texas, but the mesquite has a much wider range because it can live in dry country. Mesquite belongs mainly to that part of Texas where the Mexican influence was the strongest, the country below San Antonio once occupied by Spanish and Mexican ranchers who traced their land titles back to grants made by the king of Spain.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
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  1. The Legend of Gregorio Cortez
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. The Child Ballad in the Middle West and Lower Mississippi Valley
  2. pp. 23-77
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  1. Six Tales from Mexico
  2. pp. 78-95
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  1. The Western Bad Man as Hero
  2. pp. 96-104
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  1. Animal Tails: Function and Folklore
  2. pp. 105-112
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  1. Br'er Rabbit Watches Out for Himself in Mexico
  2. pp. 113-117
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  1. Recollections of an Itinerant Folklorist
  2. pp. 118-128
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  1. Dialogue in Folktale and Song
  2. pp. 129-137
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  1. The Twelve Truths in the Spanish Southwest
  2. pp. 138-150
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  1. To Whom God Wishes to Give: A Tale of Old Mexico in English Ballad Stanzas
  2. pp. 151-161
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  1. Tales of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad
  2. pp. 162-170
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  1. Christ in the Big Bend
  2. pp. 171-179
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  1. The Ghost of the Hutto Ranch
  2. pp. 180-186
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  1. Spanish Folklore from South Texas
  2. pp. 187-191
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  1. Home Remedies for Arthritis
  2. pp. 192-200
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. National Endowment for the Humanities Funding Information
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870740183
Related ISBN
9780870740183
MARC Record
OCLC
1004186370
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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