Schlosser, S.E. “Paul Bunyan.” Babe the Blue Ox: From Paul Bunyan at
Americanfolklore.net. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.
This story is mainly centered on Babe, which will be good since my project is
based upon the bison in the museum. The story talks about the original
meeting of Paul and Babe, different feats of strength for Paul and Babe, and
even a love story between Babe and a cow. I believe that I can use these
stories’ elements and transfer them into my own retelling.
Schlosser, E.S. “Paul Bunyan.” Paul Bunyan Tames the Whistling River: From Paul
Bunyan at Americanfolklore.net. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.
This story is from the same website as the other story about Babe the Blue
Ox, but still is another good story to incorporate into my own retelling. It has
more elements on the strength and tenacity exhibited in most of the Paul
Bunyan legends and stories. The story also contains more characters that
serve as models for the stereotypes of the logging industry and life out west.
It even contains some vernacular that I can use like “darn tootin’” and “by
jingo” which are terms that originated from westerners in the late 1800’s.
This story I feel encapsulates the mythos of the “tall tales” genre.
Boatright, Mody C., and Allen Maxwell. “Oil.” The Best of Texas Folk and Folklore,
1916-1954. Ed. Wilson Mathis Hudson. Denton, TX: U of North Texas, 1998.
This is a different spin on the Paul Bunyan story. This story places Paul Bunyan and Babe working in the oil fields of Texas during the early 1920’s. It talks about the building of oil derricks, drilling oil by Paul’s hand, and the building of wagons for transportation of oil barrels. I truly think this will add a unique twist in my story, and am excited to play around with the idea of a Paul Bunyan oil industry worker.