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Folklore and Legends
Madstones
by Anderson, Jean B. Madstones have existed from antiquity in the realms of magic and have appeared at various times in North Carolina folklore. Akin to precious and semiprecious stones, to which fortune or healing were [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
by Baker, Bruce E. Asheville since 1928. That year, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a passionate lover of mountain music and culture and an active collector of folk music, organized a contest for musicians and dancers in [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ney Myth
by Hill, Michael. The Ney Myth, propagated by several North Carolina writers as fact but dismissed by historians as spurious, held that Rowan County teacher Peter Stuart Ney, who died on 15 Nov. 1846, was the assumed [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Ney, Peter Stewart
by Taylor, George V. Peter Stewart Ney, schoolmaster who died near Salisbury, is believed by many to have been the Napoleonic marshal, Michel Ney, living in hiding to escape persecution. His gravestone at Third Creek [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Old Christmas
by Dough, Wynne. Old Christmas, or "Little Christmas," celebrated by some eighteenth- and nineteenth-century North Carolinians around 5 January each year, resulted from the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Old Quawk's Day
by Stick, David. Old Quawk's Day by David Stick, 2006 Old Quawk's Day, by long-standing tradition, is a day when residents [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Page, Hubbard Fulton
by Malone, E. T., Jr. Hubbard Fulton Page, folk poet, teacher, and composer, was born in northern Sampson County near the old Harnett County community of Averasboro. He was the son of Sion Cephas, a circuit-riding Baptist [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Root Doctors
by Beck, John J. Root doctors are the traditional healers and conjurers of the rural, black South. They use herbs, roots, potions, and spells to help and sometimes to hurt recipients of their ministrations. Root [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Sandburg, Carl August
by Gohdes, Clarence. Carl August Sandburg, poet, journalist, biographer, and folk song recitalist, was a national celebrity long identified with the Midwest when he moved to North Carolina in 1945 after purchasing the [...] (from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press.)
Shape-Shifting
by Powell, William S. Shape-Shifting by William S. Powell, 2006 Shape-shifting was one of many superstitions widely accepted by early North Carolinians with little or no understanding of natural phenomena. It was [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)

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