Czech folklore in Texas
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In West, Texas--where two Czech newspapers are printed, where Czech is taught in the high school, where three churches conduct services in Czech, where over one half of the citizens are of Czech descent--it is only natural that one should feel another civilization mingling with the American and be sensitive to the presence of Czechoslovakian lore in almost every phase of life. During the study of Southwestern literature in my English classes in West High School I made an attempt to awaken the pupils to the literature and the folklore that surrounds them, including the folklore that has been transplanted to the Southwest and has become so well acclimated that it has become a part or everyday life for these Czech-American Texans. They brought in an abundance of material: little rhymes remembered from childhood, games they had lately played, songs they still sang, beliefs their forefathers had sown, customs they yet observed, tales their grandparents had told them--Czech folklore in Texas! The term themes of two classes, one in 1939 and another in 1941, yielded a rich lode of material. Interviews, meanwhile, with pupils and with friends outside of school furnished both information and enthusiasm.