Scope and Content
A hand written note by R.T.King (oral historian) enclosed in the box with the reel-to-reel tape states the following. "The second song on the tape is introduced by a Mr. William Boehmer. Mr. Boehmer was formerly the teacher at the Indian Day School on the Brighton Reservation, and he indicates in his introduction that the recording is being made at the school. This would date the recording as being sometime after 1937, as the school was not in existence until the late 1930s." The note also states that the tape was "evidently copied from was cylinder recordings made by Miss Densmore," but this is crossed out.
Recordings 1-11 are Florida Seminole. With the exception of number 2 all are dance songs from the Green Corn Dance or Hunting Dance. Number 12 is not Seminole. The subject was apparently a black woman, born in 1831. It may have been added accidently when the Library of Congress made this tape or it may have been part of the original recording.
00:00:00-00:02:07 A man sings.
00:02:10-00:02:25 Introduction by Mr. William Boehmer followed by a Seminole girl singing a traditional Seminole song.
00:02:56-00:03:41 Several men sing.
00:03:47-00:08:01 A longer song with some call and response pattern. One male singer leads off with a phrase followed by several men singing.
00:08:11-00:10:27 Another song with some guttural sounds.
00:10:31-00:12:07 A song with a call and response pattern and whooping sounds.
00:12:19-00:13:34 A man sings a solo and there is a sound of a rattle shaking.
00:13:39-00:16:32 A beating of a drum is heard with a chorus of voices and intermittent yipping. The volume increases at intervals.
00:16:11-00:20:34 A sort of background drone and a main voice. Phrases are repetitive. The phrases end in almost a singing cheer with two tones.
00:20:45-00:23:39 Sound is very faint. The lead singer is a woman and one or two other women sing along.
00:23:46-00:27:48 A group of men sing. Again one male voice leads with a beginning phrase and then the other male voices join in. This song concludes with two distinct yips.
00:27:57-00:31:13 A woman's voice can be heard speaking. A woman then sings. The words are difficult to understand but the song is reminiscent of the song "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child".
- Date unknown
- Boehmer, William. (Person)
Language of Materials
0.01 Linear feet (Reel audio recording, 7 1/2 ips, Mono. Duration: 00:31:13)
- Seminole music
- Finding aid prepared by Joyce Dewsbury
- August 2004
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is written in English.
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