Retired fisher Winfred Symonette

Type:

Sound

Date:

08/31/1987

Item:

Audio recording

Folder:

Tape 19

Container:

7

Series:

S1685

General Note/Comment

  • One audio cassette. Mr. Symmonette came to Florida in 1912 from the Bahamas. He fished and netted until 1980. In the interview, he discuses moving to Florida; fishing in South Florida; using the moon and weather signs to gauge fishing spots; catching kingfish, mackerel, and blue fish; fish markets in South Florida; use of boats and nets; fishing tackle; the effects of radio, motors, and refrigeration on the fishing industry; the 1928 hurricane; religion; and retiring from the business in 1980. 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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