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My informant for this piece is Gable Munn. He’s a freshman at Utah State University studying biotechnology. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Georgia. Besides his 2 year mission period he has lived in Utah his entire life. Before we started our interview he expressed how important family was to him. Gable is a resident’s assistant in the dorm I live in, and that is how we met. He told me stories about his grandpa, family, and his mission.
Gable cares a lot about his family, and expresses it in his stories. He and his grandfather served mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the United States. His family is from Springville, Utah. Missions in the church last up to two years for males, and eighteen months for females. There are many missions across the world where the church sends its missionaries. They are sent to proselytize, help, and teach the members of the community in which they are placed.
When I was little I had to listen to something to go to sleep. So, I had a little tape player and I would listen to this tape, and there were two stories on it. One was one that I think I got from Chick-fil-A, and the giant buffalo that was telling this story to little kids, I don’t even remember the name of it now. But, the other one was my grandfather, and I think this was while he was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in the northwestern United States. (ok) He was on an indian reservation at the time. He wanted a pet wolf.. Er.. pet dog… and so the only way to get one was to take a wolf pup and raise it, you know. And he talks about how he scouted this wolf den, and while the parents were gone, he like climbs inside this wolf den, and pulls out one of the wolf pups, and starts raising it as his own, as a dog. And he would have to mash up meat for it to feed it, and things like that. Just reminds me of childhood. (seems really dangerous to take a wolf cub out of its den) yeah. While he was there they gave him an indian name (No idea how to phonetically spell the name) which is buffalo cloud, and so I used that as a screen name.
This was also kind of a wild tale. He seemed super skeptic about this story, but convinced that his grandfather wouldn’t lie about this, seems to accept it as truth. He seems to really admire his grandfather, and definitely harbors respect for him. He acknowledged his grandfather has a tendency to bend the rules. This was told casually sitting on the couch in my apartment.
Intro to Folklore
Prof. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
G7: Marriage and Family
Turner, Jake, "Childhood Stories" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 582.
Additional FilesChildhood Stories.docx (7 kB)