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Rusties and Riddles and Gee-Haw Whimmy-Diddles

Rusties and Riddles and Gee-Haw Whimmy-Diddles

James Still
pictures by Janet McCaffery
Copyright Date: 1989
Pages: 112
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt130jnw6
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    Rusties and Riddles and Gee-Haw Whimmy-Diddles
    Book Description:

    The people of the Kentucky mountains and the southern Appalachians preserved a language alive with colorful turns of phrase and whimsical wit and for their amusement they created a rich vein of oral lore -- songs, tales, and games. James Still presents a varied and entertaining collection of riddles, whimsies, and verbal pranks, gathered through his long association with the mountain people of eastern Kentucky.

    This book includes in one volume two earlier books --Way Down Yonder on Troublesome CreekandThe Wolfpen Rusties-- that have been unavailable for several years. It contains the complete text of the original editions, including Still's explanatory notes for archaic or obscure expressions. Also included are the original lively illustrations by the noted artist Janet McCaffery.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5706-1
    Subjects: History, Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
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  2. WAY DOWN YONDER ON TROUBLESOME CREEK
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    There was a time not so long ago when Troublesome Creek country was a land of creekbed roads and winding mountain trails, and travel was by sled, wagon, horseback, and shank’s mare.*

    The 67-mile stream flows across the counties of Knott, Perry, and Breathitt into the headwaters of the Kentucky River, fed from coves and hollows and valleys bearing such names as Tadpole, Push Back, Possum Trot, Dismal, and Gritty, and by hamlets called Dwarf, Fisty and Rowdy. The folk spoke in a manner handed down from their forebears in England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Black Forest of Germany. Many...

  3. THE WOLFPEN RUSTIES
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    When the pioneers came through Cumberland Gap along the trail made by Daniel Boone and the long hunters, * a number of them turned aside into the “Big Brush” and settled in the headwaters of the Kentucky River. They built log homeseats on He Creek, She Creek, Where the Calf Went Mad, Roaring, Quicksand, and Dead Mare. And on other streams named by those who had first dared the wilderness.

    Three families took up land on Wolfpen Creek, a two-mile-long valley, which at its widest was barely more than a hundred and fifty yards. Though the bottom grounds were fertile,...

  4. The Artist
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  5. The Author
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  6. Back Matter
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