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Personal experience narratives
Interview with Alligator wrestler Richard Bowers
- 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.