Skip to main content

Lord's Prayer in Hitchiti

Identifier: Recording Number 16

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.


  • 1957


Language of Materials



The recording is available for research.

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."


0.01 Linear feet (Reel audio recording, 7 1/2 ips, Mono. Duration: 00:13:13)


A recording of the Seminole spoken language.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building
Lord's Prayer in Hitchiti
Finding aid prepared by Joyce Dewsbury
August 2004
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America