James Hancock talking with students for the Palm Beach County Folk Arts in Education Project

Date: February 12, 1986

Source: S1685 , Container 5 , Tape 21, Tape 22, Tape 23

Folk Survey: Palm Beach County Folk Arts in Education Project

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Three audio cassettes. Hancock learned stories from several Seminole elders, including Billy Bowlegs III. But he spent little time on reservations as his father worked for the US Corps of Engineers. Students asked Hancock extensively about Seminole life. With the students, he discussed the tribe's leadership (James Billie); hunting; games; clans; religion; holidays, chickees; and told origin stories. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.

Three audio cassette recordings. Seminole storyteller Hancock describes how he learned stories from several Seminole elders, including Billy Bowlegs III, even though he spent little time on reservations as his father worked for the US Corps of Engineers. Students ask Hancock extensively about Seminole life and the tribe's leadership, hunting, games, clans, religion, holidays, and chickees. Afterwards, he tells origin stories, including "How the Sun Came to Be," "How the Stars Came to Be," and "How the Mosquitos Came to Be."

1986 Florida Folk Festival Program

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T86-103Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)
T86-108Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 8)
T86-109Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 9)
T86-113Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 13)
T86-117Saturday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 4)
T86-120Saturday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 7)
T86-124 - T86-125Saturday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 11 & 12)
T86-146Sunday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 13)
T86-147Sunday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 14)
T86-150Sunday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 17)
T86-167Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Reel 2)
T86-185Saturday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Reel 3)
T86-189 - T86-190Saturday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Old Marble Stage) (Reels 7-8)
T86-24 (C86-67)Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Reel 3)
T86-29 (C86-72)Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Reel 8)
T86-30 (C86-73)Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Reel 9)
T86-31 (C86-74)Friday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Reel 10)
T86-43 - T86-44 (C86-86 and C86-87)Saturday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Reels 11-12)
T86-47 (C86-90)Sunday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Reel 3)
T86-55 (C86-98)Sunday performances at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival (Folklife Stage) (Reel 11)
Tape 23James Hancock talking with students for the Palm Beach County Folk Arts in Education Project

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