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Seminole Legends, Dances and Religious Songs

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
August 2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: England, Ira Albert
Title: Seminole Legends, Dances and Religious Songs
Dates: 1957
Abstract: A recording of Seminole legends and songs made at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation.
Extent: 0.01 Linear feet. Reel audio recording, 7 1/2 ips, Mono. Duration: 00:30:43.
Identification: Recording Number 15
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Ira England received his doctorate in education from the University of Florida in June, 1957. His dissertation was entitled "The Florida Seminole: A study in acculturation, culture change, and curriculum."

Scope and Content

Originally recorded on reel-to-reel and reformatted to digital audio in May 2004.

Recorded at Big Cypress Indian Reservation, June 24, 1957, and the Dania (now Hollywood) Indian Reservation, June 26, 1957. Segments 1-6 were made at Big Cypress. The last segment was recorded at the Mekasukey Independent Baptist Church at the Hollywood Indian Reservation.

00:00:00-00:04:25. Legend of the Corn told by Wesbter Wise, AKA Webster Talamasee.

00:04:25-00:08:30. Legend of the coontie flour told by Webster Wise.

00:08:30-00:13:20. Numbers Song and counting in five Indian languages. Sung and told by Josie Billy.

00:13:20-00:14:45. Hunting Dance Song sung by Johnny Cypress.

00:14:45-00:17:46. Religious song sung by Johnny Cypress and Webster Wise.

00:17:47-00:21:00. Stump Dance (Busketah) song performed at Green Corn Dance Ceremony sung by Johnny Cypress.

00:21:00-00:30:43. Gospel songs sung in English by high school girls. Narration between songs in native language. The recording stops abruptly.

Access or Use Restrictions


The recording is available for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Seminole Legends, Dances and Religious Songs, Audio Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ira England, August 20, 1957.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Seminole Indians--Music.

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