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New York Folklore Vol. 20, Nos. 3-4, 1994
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Vol. XX, Nos. 3-4, 1994

Editors’ Foreword


Calico Indians and Pistol Pills: Traditional Drama, Historical Symbols, and Political Actions in Upstate New York
Rachelle H. Saltzman 1

“We’re not here just to plant. We have a culture.” An Ethnography of the South Bronx Casita Rincón Criollo
Joseph Sciorra and Martha Cooper 19

Coffee Farmers and the Politics of Representation: What’s in a Good Cup of Coffee?

Olivia Cadaval

Kateri Tekakwitha: Gender and Ethnic Symbolism in the Process of Making an American Saint
Susan R. Dauria 55

Folklore Note
Miniature Marimbas: Migrant Workers’ Memories of Home
Jayne Howell 75

Book Reviews
Henderson, ed. and trans., The Maiden Who Rose from the Sea and Other Finnish Folktales; Sherman, Rachel the Clever and Other Jewish Folktales

Bob DeVino

Jones, ed., Putting Folklore to Use
Deborah Blincoe 85

Lawless, Holy Women, Wholly Women: Sharing Ministries through Life Stories and Reciprocal Ethnography
Jody Shapiro Davie 89

McCarthy, ed., Jack in Two Worlds

Robert M. Rennick

Nelson, ed., Material Culture and People’s Art Among the Norwegians in America
Philip Nusbaum 95

Rosenburg, ed., Transforming Tradition: Folk Music Revivals Examined
Nancy Groce 98

Video Review

Ochs, dir., Micho Russell: Ireland’s Whistling Ambassador
Nancy Groce 100



“The incendiary frenzy that swept New York City during the late 1960s and 1970s, consuming private homes and multi-storied apartment buildings in its wake, reduced the urban landscape to a patchwork quilt of charred earth and rubble-strewn lots. One way Puerto Rican residents of the South Bronx, East Harlem, and Manhattan’s Lower East Side responded to the cataclysmic destruction was to appropriate barren municipal-owned property in order to construct single-story, wood buildings typical of the Caribbean. Casitas de madera (little wood houses) were raised from the scoria and detritus of urban decay, often alongside bountiful gardens; emerging like the fabled phoenix from the ashes...” From “ ‘We’re not here just to plant. We have a culture.’ An Ethnography of the South Bronx Casita Rincón Criollo” by Joseph Sciorra and Martha Cooper

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