Interview with Seminole basketmaker and needle worker Ethel Santiago

Date: November 18, 1981

Source: S1576 , T82-50, T82-51, C83-35*, C83-36*

Type: Sound

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  • Two reel to reels. Santiago discusses basket making including when and how she learned the craft; patterns and designs; the choice of colors and materials (usually pine needles and/or palmetto fronds); teaching the young; selling baskets; and the process. She also discusses doll making, patchwork, and Seminole clothing. Finally, she tells a folk tale about rabbits. The recordings were created for the Florida Folklife Program's Seminole Slide and Tape Project, a program sponsored by the American Express Company in 1982-1983 to create two educational slide/tape programs for use by schools, community groups, and other educational outlets. One program dealt with sweetgrass basket making; the other on traditional Seminole patchwork. Copied onto audiocassette C83-35 and C83-36. Recordings of the finished program tapes can be found in S 1576, Box 10. Teacher guides, program scripts, and documentation of the project can be found in S 1595, Box 1.

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