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Whistlepunks and Geoducks: Oral Histories from the Pacific Northwest (Northwest Reprints)

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Publisher Comments:

Dusting off his tape recorder for this companion volume to his popular River Pigs and Cayuses, Ron Strickland focuses on Washington, his adopted home. In Whistlepunks and Geoducks, Strickland introduces readers to a remarkable group of storytellers, from old-timers to new arrivals.<P>In searching for people whose stories would add up to a portrait of the Evergreen State, Strickland discovered a region as alive with folklore as it is with natural beauty. Ranchers and wheat farmers, fishers and loggers, Indians and city folk, saloonkeepers and Prohibition agents, oystermen and hippies, and, naturally, whistlepunks and geoduck hunters, all rub elbows on the streets and trails of Strickland's Washington state. The author provides a helpful glossary to local terms and adds an index to names, places and livelihoods. Black and white photographs from both personal and archive collections allow the reader to see as well as hear the storytellers.<P>In his introduction, William Kittredge notes that part of the joy of listening to these spirited oral histories lies in experiencing the subjects' use of work-place lingo. The pickaroon, for example, is a pike pole used to break up log james, while the long two-person saws are called misery whips or Swedish fiddles. "We hunger for stories about specific worlds, and the particularities of making a go of things", Kittredge writes. "We search them for clues about how we might make our own efforts succeed".

Book News Annotation:

Strickland's first collection of tales by old rural northwesterners, River Pigs and Cayuses (1979), seems to have neglected Washington State, so he travelled around the state a bit more and produced this second, which was published by Paragon House, New York, in 1984. He includes a glossary without pronunciation, but no index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870714955
Introduction:
Kittredge, William
Author:
Kittredge, William
Author:
Strickland, Ron
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Location:
Corvallis
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Oral history
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Oregon State Un Paperback
Series:
Northwest Reprints (Paperback)
Series Volume:
E 591
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.05x6.01x.75 in. 1.00 lbs.

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