Unidentified woman with a calf branding iron at the Polk Ranch rodeo.

254254
Date
200-?
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS060838
Folklife Collection

Interview with Minorcan ranchers Willis Solano and Albert Triay

238242
Date
1983-05-23
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Recorded at the Minorcan Folklife Area at the 1983 Florida Folk Festival. Solano and Triay discuss Minorcan ranching traditions. They talk about the different types of cows they have worked with; the reasons behind branding cows and marking their ears; and other ranching-related topics.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C83-39
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El Maximo Ranch

235660
Date
1984-09
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Twenty color slides. Images of El Maximo Ranch (owned by Matt Maxcy), including horses, buildings, gates, signs, and workers. Also examples of marks and brands, and of rancher Thompson. For interviews with Thompson on ranch folklife, see S 1577, C83-139 and C84-7. Images created as fieldwork for the apprenticeship program. 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, who later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year until 2003.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S86-781 - S86-800
Livestock brands

Interview with Myakka City residents Brian and Irene Carlton

238228
Date
1984-11-12
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two reel to reels. The Carltons discuss farm life, hog raising and branding, keeping bees, canning foods, cooking fish roe, picking strawberries and blueberries, raising horses, and controlled buring of land. The Myakka Community Profile Project was conducted between October 1983 and March 1984 through a partnership with the Crowley Museum and Nature Center, and the Florida Folklife Program, funded by the Florida Endowment for the Humanities. The fieldwork and resultant booklet/slideshow, created by museum employee Robert Cottrell and folklorist Pat Waterman, was to profile the lifestyles and values of the Myakka community, located in Southwest Florida in Manatee County. See S 1682 for more information on the project.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T85-216
Item ID
T85-217
Livestock brands

Interview with rancher Harris W. Fussell

238289
Date
1983-05-07
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Fussell, a rancher, was born three miles north of Polk City in a log cabin. In the interview, he discusses his family's background in ranching and hunting; people in his community working doing roadwork for one week a year in order to pay their taxes; raising cattle and hogs; no fence laws; branding and ear marks; the introduction of new types of cattle; differences in dress between "cowboys" from the west and those in Florida; tools used in Florida ranching; cattle dogs and horses; selling and marketing cattle; and transporting cattle to market. In addition, he also talks about the foods they ate while traveling such as smoked bacon and sweet potatoes; ways in which they entertained themselves including music, frolics, and square dancing; and his views on hunting and conservation. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Type
Sound
Item ID
C83-111
Item ID
C83-112
Livestock brands

Interview with rancher Mildred Sherrod

236434
Date
1988-01-12
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Sherrod's family has been in ranching since 1914. She owned her own ranch with 500 head of cattle. She discusses family history; calving; branding; daily activities; other ranchers (such as whipmaker Raulerson and son); types of cattle; hog raising; and the industry. The Southwest Florida Folk Arts Project was conducted under the direction of Barbara Beauchamp in two phases: 12 November 1987 through 31 January 1988 by Debbie Fant; and in February 1988 by Nancy Nusz. Using a 35mm camera and a Sony tape recorder, and funded through a NEA grant, the two fieldworkers spoke with over fifty informants in Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties, resulting in 20 participants chosen for a special SW Florida folklife area at the 36th Annual Florida Folk Festival
Type
Sound
Livestock brands

Interview with rancher Douglas Thompson

235662
Date
1984-02-16
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Thompson, one-time foreman for the El Maximo Ranch (starting in 1938), discusses cattle ranching; disease control measures such as cattle dipping (for tick fever and screwworm); cattle raising; work conditions; race and gender in ranching; typical day on a ranch; food and housing on ranches; branding and marking; pasture improvements; rodeos; and use of the term cowboys. For another interview, see S 1576, C83-139. For images, see S 1577, v. 32. Interview conducted as fieldwork for the apprenticeship program. 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, who was later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2003.
Type
Sound
Item ID
C84-7
Livestock brands

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