Paul Bunyan was a gigantic lumberjack of American Folklore. I love the story of Paul Bunyan and his big blue Ox. This makes Paul Bunyan Day is a giant of a day. According to folklore, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox “Babe” lived and travelled around country. He is best known for his logging feats.
In 1837 the French Canadians were believed to have created Paul Bunyan during the Papineau rebellion. Even though he was created in Canada, he quickly became a huge American legend. Paul Bunyan’s tales originated in lumberjack industry and logging communities. The folklore or traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community were passed through the generations by word of mouth remain today. Isn’t folklore great.They always make me smile. Over campfires, his legend grew, and more tales were created. Written tales emerged in the early 1900’s.
Paul Bunyan is “credited” with many deeds. Among his more legendary feats:
- He created logging in the U.S.
- He scooped out the great lakes to water Babe, his ox.
- He cleared the entire states of North and South Dakota for farming.
- He trained ants to do logging work. They were, of course, Carpenter Ants.
- Babe’s large footprints created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.
Celebrate Paul Bunyan Day in a giant way. Learn more about Paul and his tales by going to the library and getting some books on Paul and Babe. Spread the tales around. Remember they are best told by word of mouth around a campfire.