Interview with netmaker William (Billy) Burbank

Date: July 21, 1984

Source: S1576 , Container 21 , C86-150

Type: Sound

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  • One audio cassette. Billy Burbank discusses the family net-making industry including the differences in net types; Burbank family innovations in net making; problems with modern shrimp industry; differences between his nets and his father's and grandfather's; difference in cost between his nets and the older ones; the learning process involved in traditional net-making (how he learned); process of "sewing" the net; net patterns and what they are intended to catch; materials used in net-making. Interviews conducted during fieldwork for video documentary on Florida shrimping called Fishing All My Days, and was made by the Florida Folklife Program, and the University of Florida (WUFT-TV). A transcript of the interview can be found in S 1579, box 1, folder: C86-99 through C86-149. An earlier interview with Burbank can be found in S 1576, reel T80-82.

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