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Seminole Legends, Dances and Religious Songs

Identifier: Recording Number 15

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.


  • 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: 00:30:43)


A recording of Seminole legends and songs made at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ira England, August 20, 1957.
Seminole Legends, Dances and Religious Songs
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
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