Harwell, Thomas Meade1997 0-7734-4208-1
Based on original research and a series of interviews carried through from 1959 to 1965, this study, divided into four volumes, gives the first in-depth study of Rio Grande Valley Folklore in Texas, combining Hispanic and American elements. Lore 1 contains studies on the evil eye, shock, recetas and curanderos (healers and healing), ghosts, owl-lore, and weather. Many extracts from interviews are reproduced in detail, and full commentary, notes and bibliography are provided. Volume 2 will contain further studies of specific customs, while Vols. 3 and 4 will study the culture of the area in depth.