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Lord's Prayer in Hitchiti

Finding aid prepared by Joyce Dewsbury

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: England, Ira Albert
Title: Lord's Prayer in Hitchiti
Dates: 1957
Abstract: A recording of the Seminole spoken language.
Extent: 0.01 Linear feet. Reel audio recording, 7 1/2 ips, Mono. Duration: 00:13:13.
Identification: Recording Number 16
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.

This is actually two recordings. In the first, Dr. Ira England announces the speakers, the Reverend Bill Osceola, pastor of the Miccosukee Independent Baptist Church, and his daughter. The daughter repeats "The Lord's Prayer" phrase by phrase and Rev. Osceola repeats each phrase in the Hitchiti language. Total running time is 00:02:00. The recording is not dated.

In the second recording, recorded at the Glades Cross Mission in Everglades City, Florida on June 28, 1957, Deaconess Harriet Bedell recounts her life experiences. Total running time 00:11:14.

Dr. England introduces Deaconess Harriet Bedell, 82 years old and a noted missionary of the Episcopal Church. She recounts her many experiences starting with teaching at a school in Oklahoma, becoming a missionary and working with American Indians in Alaska, and then finally going to Miami, Florida, on a speaking engagement with eleven other missionaries. The Florida Chain of Missionary Assemblies sponsored the speakers.

The recording ends with Deaconess Bedell's mention of her visit to Muse Isle because of her interest in Indians. It is possible that the music recorded on the reel-to-reel tape (selections from Riggoleto and other pieces) was accidently recorded over the rest of Deaconess Bedell's account of her life's experiences such as her work for many years with the Seminole Indians.

Access or Use Restrictions


The recording is available for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lord's Prayer in Hitchiti, Audio Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Hitchiti language.
Seminole Indians.

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