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Images from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

Images from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts Festival

Date
1989-06-24
Description
61 color slides. Images of musicans (many are dark), sponge diving helmet makers Toth and Lerios, crafts, and various speakers. The festival was held June 24-25, 1989 to celebrate Tarpon Springs heritage of sponge diving, a practice that dated back to the 1890s. By 1905, when 500 Greek immigrants answered an ad to be sponge divers, the town acquired a distinctive Greek flavor, as the Greek Americans thrived in the sponge industry. At one point, Florida provided 95% of the nation's sponges. Although today over fishing and synthetic materials have undercut the sponge diving industry, the tradition lives on in Greek families, and through tourism.
Collection
Greek sponge divers

Greek sponge divers

Date
1988-06-16
Description
Twelve color slides. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2003.
Collection
Tarpon Springs sponge divers

Tarpon Springs sponge divers

Date
Description
One black and white print. May 1980.
Collection
Fieldwork for Every Island Has Its Own Song (Video 1)

Fieldwork for Every Island Has Its Own Song (Video 1)

Date
1987-11
Description
One video recording. 20 minutes. (Copy can be found on FV-1, S 1615). Includes Greek School blessing (by Father Tryfon Theophilopolus), shots of sponge boats at sponge docks, shots of St. Michaels shrine. Created for the Every Island Has Its Own Song project. The finished product was a documentary about Nikitas Tsimouris, a Greek bagpipe player, and his family, and the Tarpon Springs Greek community he lived in. A co-production of WEDO-TV and the FFP, it was funded in part by the Florida Endowment for the Humanities. Offenbach narrated. Folklorist Michael researched, wrote and produced, and Yvonne Bryant was assistant producer.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
Images from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts FestivalImages from the Sponge Industry Folk Arts FestivalStill ImageMusicians
Arts, Greek
Greek Americans
Folk festivals
Special events
Demonstrations
Musical instruments
Hides and skins
Bouzouki
Helmets
Craft
Sponge divers
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Greek sponge diversGreek sponge diversStill ImageSponge divers
Fieldwork
Boats
Greek Americans
Occupational groups
Docks
Sponge fisheries
Sponges
Fisheries
Transportation
Waterways
Fishers
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Tarpon Springs sponge diversTarpon Springs sponge diversStill ImageSponges
Sponge fisheries
Material culture
Maritime folklore
Maritime life
Mariners
Fishers
Sponge divers
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Fieldwork for Every Island Has Its Own Song (Video 1)Fieldwork for Every Island Has Its Own Song (Video 1)Moving ImageStudents
Priests
Fieldwork
Sponge fisheries
Diving
Diving Equipment and supplies
Religious rites
Greek Americans
Sponge divers
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