AMERICAN LORE & LEGENDS

Legends, Myths & Campfire Tales

  

Around the campfire

Around the campfire.

 

From the beginning of time, people have told stories, relegating their friends and families with tales of adventure, hard times, interesting people, frightening experiences and everyday life. Sometimes these were truths, others exaggerations, and occasionally nothing more than tall tales. The more interesting of these narratives were passed around from friend to friend and from father to son, sometimes altering along the way or growing in strength to the point that they became legends, folklore, or questionable myths. Oral history, proverbs, jokes, and popular beliefs were interwoven into music, dance, cultures, and sometimes even into history itself. 

 

American History is filled with folklore, Native American mythology, and real truths that make for wonderful campfire tales. In these stories, much like earlier European, Greek and Roman tales, the accounts can often be only be guessed at, as to whether they are fact or fiction, but they continue to make the rounds of new generations.

 

Myths, Legends and FolkloreIn many of these old legends, told around the campfire or a roaring hearth, can be heard the approach of galloping horses, the whispers of phantoms in ghost towns, the far-off sounds of pistols blazing, and the sighing moans of the winds drifting through the ancient trees of hunting, mining, and cowboy camps.

 


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