Catfisher Eddie Oxendine in his yard


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Photographic slides


v. 28



Item ID:

S85-2566 - S85-2575


  • Ten color slides. Images of catfisher and skinner Oxendine, with his son Kenny, in his backyard and his boat. The boat was built by Warr in 1976. Oxendine was a third generation fisher; his grandparents moved to Florida form North Carolina. For an interview with Oxendine see S 1714, box 4, tape 48. In winter 1985, the Bureau contracted with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting much river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the 'St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area' at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.

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