Name Called/ Shadows
Place item was collected
Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
RaeLee is a 20 year old female, she grew up in Stanwood, Washington, moved to West Jordan, Utah her sophomore year of high school and now lives in Logan, Utah. She earned her high school diploma from Copper Hills high in West Jordan, an associates degree from Salt Lake Community College (which she earned in high school), and is currently working towards her bachelors in exercise science and international studies at Utah State University. She grew up in an LDS family. She is an extremely close friend of mine that I met my sophomore year of high school, and she was my roommate freshman year of college. She is a fun loving individual that comes off as quiet at first, but loves deep talks. She loves the outdoors, and music, and animals. She’s got a dry sense of humor. She is also athletic, and believes in ghosts.
This story was told at an impromptu game night in the public lounge at my apartment around 9:40 pm. A mutual friend was visiting from Salt Lake, and we decided to have a game night to catch up. RaeLee, the visiting friend, and I were halfway through a game of phase 10 when we got bored and I asked the visiting friend about recent adventures, and he told us a ghost story. After that, a few supernatural stories were bounced around, including this one. It was pretty quiet, because it was late and there were only 3 of us in the room. The collection context and context of use are very similar, because the storytelling started naturally. It would normally be told between peers, later at night or around Halloween, or added to a friend’s recalling of a similar experience.
“I’ve heard my name! I was biking in the garage and then (inaudible) we have and it just um, you know ummm… it was probably just my imagination. Anyway, and then- uhhhm. I’ve had one where you just see shadows when you drive, and you just know, so yeah (uncomfortable laugh)”
RaeLee told this memory quickly, as a filler trying to think of other supernatural experiences. She said it quietly (it was hard to hear) and curtly, as if she was thinking of something else at the time. Her voice was also raspy because it was late at night. Because she had told a couple of other stories prior to this one, she was relaxed when telling it, though she did have a serious tone. At the end of her story, there was a uncomfortable feeling in the room because the stories had when from joking to a little too serious; we were creeped out.
Introduction to Folklore/English 2210
Dr. Lynne S. McNeill
Semester and year
G7: Appearances or Manifestations of Supernatural Beings or Revenants
Ivie, Jess, "Name Called/ Shadows" (2017). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 18.