Seminole storyteller James Hancock talking with students

Type:

Sound

Date:

02/12/1986

Item:

Audio recording

Folder:

Tapes 21-23

Container:

5

General Note/Comment

  • Three audio cassettes. Hancock learned stories from several Seminole elders, including Billy Bowlegs III. But he spent little time on reservations as his father worked for the US Corps of Engineers. Students asked Hancock extensively about Seminole life. With the students, he discussed the tribe's leadership (James Billie); hunting; games; clans; religion; holidays, chickees; and told origin stories. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.

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