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Recording of Cajun accordion player Papa Joe Arbie with his apprentice Michael Stapleton
Two DAT tapes. Recording of a practice between Arabie and his apprentice Stapleton. They both also talk about their family and personal histories, how they learned the accordion, and musical influences. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by first folklorist Peter Roller, then folklorist Robert Stone. The program was continued each year through 2004.