Our group has spent the last six weeks collecting different items from the Dartmouth Figure Skating Club, including stories, traditions, rituals, and artifacts. The team practices 4-5 times a week at Thompson Arena, in Hanover, NH. They compete 2-3 times during the year, and usually qualify for Collegiate Nationals in the spring. We set up an interview with each informant and met up in person. We explained the purpose of our project and asked for permission to record an audio record of each interview. During the interview, we asked the informant about his or her history with figure skating and involvement with the Dartmouth Figure Skating Club. Through natural conversation, we were able to collect many aspects of material, verbal, and customary folklore.
Overall, we interviewed fourteen informants (consisting of thirteen girls and one boy), all of whom are part of the Dartmouth Figure Skating Club. From interviews, we collected a total of sixteen folk items.
John Gilmore ’17, Graydon Peterson ’17, Samuel Lee ’18, Yun Yue Chen ’18, Jonathan Meng ’18
Russian 13: Slavic Folklore – Vampires, Witches, and FIrebirds
Professor Mikhail Gronas and Valentina Apresjan
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Skating, DFSC, skates, Hold the Rope, Green ribbon, Banquet, Sk8ter D8tes, paper plate award