Interview with Seminole chairman James Billie






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Item ID:

T81-85, T81-86, T81-87, T81-88

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General Note/Comment

  • 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.

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