Jeanette Cypress interview for the Seminole Video Project

235235
Date
1984-03-29
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel-to-reel recording. Cypress was the daughter of Agnes Cypress and granddaughter Susie Billie, both Seminole medicine women. She discusses her education; growing up at Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation; learning traditional medicine from her family; medicine songs; the Seminole clan system; leadership at reservations; women's roles at reservations; the women's rights movements' effect upon Seminole women; differences between medicine women and medicine men in Seminole society; traditional medicinal practices; the Green Corn Dance; Christianity; and bilingual education.
Type
sound
Item ID
T84-125
http://fpc.dos.state.fl.us/memory/collections/folklife/folklife

Quilter Lela Lewis

236683
Date
1987-05-15
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Fourteen color slides. Lewis, a retired nurse, learned quilting as a child in Cordelia, Georgia from her mother and grandmother. She moved to Riviera beach in 1939. 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.
Type
Still Image
. Lewis, a retired nurse

Interview with quilter Grace Pruitt

236798
Date
1987-09-21
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio casettes. Pruitt was from New Jersey, and learned needlework from her mother and great-grandmother. In the interview, she discusses her family; watching her great-grandmother quilt; her education; her marriage in 1939; moving to Florida in 1968; various quilt designs; the process of quilting; materials used; regional quilt design variations; joining the Boynton Beach Library Quilters; and her career as a nurse. 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.
Type
Sound
career as a nurse. The Folk

Comparsa dancer Irene Fernandez at the Queen Cafe

235969
Date
1991-03
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Eight color slides. Fernandez was a comparsa dancer, a skill she learned from her mother Emelia Fernandez, under whom she apprencticed. She also worked as a registered nurse. More information on Fernandez (mother and daughter) can be found in S 1644, box 10, fodler 13. Murphy was her apprentice in 1990-1991. 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
Still Image
registered nurse. More information

Harry Kalikow entertaining at Washington Manor Home - Hollywood, Florida

111488
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5709
Folklife collection

Portrait of quilt maker Lela Lewis - Riviera Beach, Florida

108835
Date
1987
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA2916
Folklife Collection.

Quilt made by Lela Lewis - Riviera Beach, Florida

108837
Date
1987
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA2918
Folklife Collection.

Teddy bear covered with quilt made by Lela Lewis - Riviera Beach, Florida

108838
Date
1987
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA2919
Folklife Collection.

Quilt made by Lela Lewis - Riviera Beach, Florida

108836
Date
1987
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA2917
Folklife Collection.

Quilt made by Lela Lewis - Riviera Beach, Florida

108839
Date
1987
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA2920
Folklife Collection.

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