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Collection ID is exactly "1" AND Tradition Bearer is exactly "Bowers, Richard, 1955-"
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Interview with Alligator wrestler Richard Bowers

Interview with Alligator wrestler Richard Bowers

Date
1983-05-04
Description
Two audio cassettes. Bowers, an alligator wrestler at Native Village near Hollywood Reservation, was born in Fort Lauderdale in 1955. In the interview, he discusses growing up in a rural family and learning to alligator wrestle after a 4-H agent suggested he try it. He learned the practice from Johnny Buck, an old alligator wrestler. He explains how he received his first job from Chairman Billie and says never had any serious injuries. In addition, he discusses the relationship that grew between the Seminoles and alligators; how the Seminoles view alligator wrestling; how the capture the alligators; codes and regulations; the biggest alligator he wrestled (one that was 10 feet long); alligators' differing personalities and their aggressiveness; praying to thank the alligator after a wrestling match; wrestling techniques and other issues.
Collection
Alligator wrestler Richard Bowers

Alligator wrestler Richard Bowers

Date
1983-05-04
Description
Three color slides. Taken at Native Village on Hwy 441 in Hollywood, Florida.
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a_s1576_10_c83-109Interview with Alligator wrestler Richard BowersSoundWrestlers
Performers
Fieldwork
Interviews
Local history
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Seminole Indians
Indian reservations
Alligators
Animals
Performing arts
Occupational groups
Occupational training
Tourism
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Alligator wrestler Richard BowersAlligator wrestler Richard BowersStill ImageFieldwork
Alligators
American alligator
Animal trainers
Animals
Working animals
Native Americans
Seminole Indians
Tourism
Performers
Wrestlers
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