Edith brings her college
folklore professor to meet her relatives on the family
farm in Essex County.
Edith recalls some weather
signs, planting rhymes and farm folklore from her childhood.
Cutting was the subject of this March 13, 2000 profile jointly
produced for radio by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York
and North Country Public Radio. Listen
E. Cuttingteacher, author and folkloristwas born
in the Essex County town of Lewis, on a small family farm.
She attended the New York State College for Teachers, where
in 1936 she enrolled in an elective course in American Folklore,
taught by Dr. Harold W. Thompson, a founder of the New York
Folklore Society. Thompson encouraged his students to interview
their friends and families and collect examples of their old
customs, stories and sayings, to make them aware of their
heritage and their communities. Research from this first class
project was later published in 1944 by Cornell University
Press as Lore of an Adirondack County, the first such
published collection of any North Country folklore materials.
It contains fascinating tales, weather lore, games, ballads
and songs shared by older men and women of the Champlain Valley
whom she had known as a child.
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