Fieldwork Project: Superstitious Sports Lore; Memorial Tattoo; Apotropaic Items; Memorate, 2015  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Nicolopulos, Paige
Fieldwork Project: Superstitious Sports Lore; Memorial Tattoo; Apotropaic Items; Memorate
2015 (inclusive)
.04 linear feet

1 folder
Collection Number
Paige Nicolopulos was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an esay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Fieldwork project for FLR255 class: collected interview on sportslore and sports superstition; collected an interview of two women with memorial tattoos; collection of stories on apotropaic items, as told by first-hand accounts; collection of memorates, written by the witnesses.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Restrictions on Use

Collection includes a project release form signed by collector. Collection does not include informant release forms signed by all informants.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master SheetsReturn to Top

Project Release FormReturn to Top

Informant Release FormsReturn to Top

Folklore Text SheetsReturn to Top

PhotographsReturn to Top

Memorial Tattoo
Tattoos behind the ears
Sun Tattoo
Apotropaic Tattoo
Apotropaic Objects Memorate
Memorial Object
Supernatural Encounter
Supernatural Encounter 2
Supernatural Encounter 3
Supernatural Encounter 4

Interview TranscriptsReturn to Top

Description Dates
P01_2018_047_01: Sun Tattoo
Nicolopulos, Paige
1.0 photographic print(s)
Photographs in this collection are available in the archives on electronic optical disc (CD-ROM).
P01_2018_047_02: Apotropaic Tattoo
Nicolopulos, Paige
1.0 photographic print(s)
My tattoo is the Aztec god named Quetzalcoatl, which translates to "feathered serpent." When I was young my mother, sister, and I used to Aztec dance with a group in Oakland and it was a huge part of our lives. My favorite Aztec god at that time was Quetzalcoatl because to me it was a symbol of power; historically he is the god of intelligence and self-reflection. This tattoo to me is not just a god that is found from the internet, however it is the exact same tattoo that my mom has. My mom designed this tattoo when I was 8 years old as a symbol of our relationship, incorporating "el ojo de venado" the "evil eye" that keeps away bad spirits, which can be found in many different cultures including within Mexico. When I was 8 she got it tattooed on her ankle and I was with her throughout the entire process of getting the tattoo (designing and physically tattooing). I have always told my mom growing up that one day I would get this tattoo on myself because it and she means the world to me. 10 years later, this summer I finally got the tattoo and my mother was with me every step of the way to make sure it was perfect and fit to my body. It's a symbol of the Aztec people and the safeness it brings, taking care of me. My family is very big on spirits and Aztec culture, we believe in gods and they are a huge part of our lives. This is only one of the few things, however it is the god that speaks the most to me and I feel that it protects me in any situation life may bring.

Sound RecordingsReturn to Top

Description Dates
C01_2018_047: Interview of Courtney Hansen About Her Memorial Tattoo
Nicolopulos, Paige
1.0 electronic optical disc (cd-rom)
Sound recordings in this collection are available in the archives on electronic optical disc (CDR).
1. Memorial Tattoo 2. Necklace of Mother's Ashes-1 Audio Track -2 Audio Track

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • apotropaic
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Family members
  • fathers
  • Football
  • Football players
  • ghosts
  • memorates
  • mothers
  • necklaces
  • sports superstitions
  • Students from the University of Oregon
  • supernatural tales
  • sweaters
  • tattoos (body markings) USE: tattooing
  • Undergraduate students (University of Oregon, Lane Community College)
  • Personal Names :
  • Anonymous
  • Gordon, Isabelle
  • Hansen, Courtney
  • Mortenson, Danielle
  • Nicolopulos, Steve
  • Powers, Hanna
  • Geographical Names :
  • Pacific Northwest
  • San Mateo (Calif.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • apotropaic objects
  • apotropaic tattoo
  • College Football
  • Fieldwork project
  • Football Coaches
  • High School Football
  • Memorial Tattoo
  • mother memorial tattoo
  • Pacific Northwest residents
  • Protective Objects
  • Sports Lore
  • Sun Tattoo
  • supernatural
  • supernatural encounter
  • supernatural experience
  • superstitions