Student Collector

Kresten EricksonFollow

Date Collected

Fall 11-14-2018

Place item was collected

Logan, UT

Informant

Sam Wise

Point of Discovery/Informant Bio

Sam Wise is a nineteen-year-old sophomore in music education at Utah State University. She plays the trumpet. She and I participate together in many of the university’s musical ensembles including the marching band, pep band, and concert bands. Because of this mutual participation we spend a lot of time together and are very comfortable together. Sam was raised in Utah County, and now resides in Logan. She is a member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, and she is a member of the band sorority Tau Beta Sigma.

Context

Sam told me of this calendar custom of her family while we were conversing in the band office. The band office is a regular hang-out location for band members. People there are usually comfortable and relaxed. I found out about this tradition while in the band office after asking anyone who was currently present if they had any special food traditions based around days of the week or month. Sam answered, and I later texted her to gain more information about this family tradition. We messaged each other through messenger late in the evening. Despite seeing Sam on a daily basis, this was the first time we had texted each other. Sam told me that this tradition occurred in her home in Utah County on Sunday’s.

Text

See screenshot images of Messenger conversation with Sam Wise.

Texture

Sam was responding to my question rather than just sharing this information out right. She talked about the tradition fondly but also not like it was something incredibly significant. She didn’t share a lot of details, she didn’t get very excited about it, and her body language was relaxed and low key. Her texts from Messenger were similar. She answered straightforwardly but without an abundance of enthusiasm. She didn’t gush about the tradition, and she didn’t even answer all of my questions. This gives me the impression that she doesn’t necessarily consider this tradition a huge conversation piece.

Course

Intro to Folklore (English 2210)

Instructor

Dr. Lynne S. McNeill

Semester and year

Fall 2018

Theme

G1: Groups/Social Customs

EAD Number

3.1.11.1.3.202

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