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.
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.
In 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.