James Billie interview for the Seminole Slide & Tape Project

Date: September 1, 1981

Source: S1576 , Container 19 , T81-85, T81-86, T81-87a, T81-88

Folk Survey: Seminole Slide & Tape Project

Type: Sound

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Four reel to reels. (Copied onto  C81-57, C81-58 and C81-59.) Interview begins on the second half of T81-87, continues on T81-85, T81-86 and concludes on T81-88. Billie discusses what the Seminole Tribe is attempting to do with their museum; which aspects of their culture he is trying to preserve; artists he feels represent Seminoles well (Bob Motlow, Will McLean, Guy Labreed); folk tales; his election as Seminole chairman; fighting in Vietnam; differences between Seminoles and Miccosukees (Billie is a Miccosukee by birth, though chairman of the Seminole tribe); the rabbit as a folk character in Seminole culture; connections between Seminole and African tales; the Green Corn dance; Seminole religion and Christianity; healer Josie Billie; and manhood initiations. 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. 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.

Four reel-to-reel audio recordings. Interview begins on the second half of T81-87, continues on T81-85, T81-86 and concludes on T81-88. Seminole chairman Billie discusses what the Seminole Tribe is attempting to do with their museum; which aspects of their culture he is trying to preserve; artists he feels represent Seminoles well, including David "Bob" Motlow, Sr., Will McLean, Guy LaBree; folk tales; his election as Seminole chairman; fighting in Vietnam; differences between the Seminole and Miccosukee (Billie is a Miccosukee by birth, though chairman of the Seminole tribe); the rabbit as a folk character in Seminole culture; connections between Seminole and African tales; the Green Corn dance; Seminole religion and Christianity; healer Josie Billie; and manhood initiations.
Audio cassette copies were made as C81-57, C81-58 & C81-59.

1981 Florida Folk Festival Program

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T81-34Friday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T81-35Friday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T81-36Friday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T81-37Friday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T81-38Friday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 6)
T81-39Friday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 6)
T81-40Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 1)
T81-41Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T81-42Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)
T81-43Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T81-44Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 5)
T81-45Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 6)
T81-46Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 7)
T81-47Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 8)
T81-48Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 9)
T81-55Sunday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 6)
T81-56Sunday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 7)
T81-65Monday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 5)
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T80-48Mary Billie interview for the Seminole Slide & Tape Project
T81-86James Billie interview for the Seminole Slide & Tape Project
T82-43Judy Bill Osceola interview for the Seminole Slide & Tape Project

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