The Gandy Dancers at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236930
Date
1993-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video tape (also copied onto a SONY mini Video8). Features the Gandy Dancers demonstrating work songs used when laying rail track. Also features CSX workers preparing the tracks at the festival used in the demonstration.
Type
Moving Image

Video recording of the 1984 Florida Folk Festival (Video 1 of 15)

240879
Date
05/25/1984 - 05/27/1984
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V84-1

Preparing railroad tracks for Gandy Dancers at 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236924
Date
1993-05-25
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Thirty color slides. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers moving fast in laying track. Often called lining songs.
Type
Still Image

The Gandy Dancers

236932
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two prints: one black and white, the other color. The dancers were: C. Wright, John Mealing, Charlie Vinson, Allen Jones, and Elder Brown. One image also features folklorist Beth Higgs. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers moving fast in laying t...
Type
Still Image

Folklife People: The Gandy Dancers

297287
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
The Gandy Dancers were a group of retired railway workers who gave railway laying demonstrations to educate the public about the culture surrounding the industry. Based out of Birmingham, Alabama, and led by Cornelius Wright Jr., the Gandy Dancers consisted of John Henry Mealing, Allen Jones, Charli...
Type
interactive resource

Gandy dancers singing- White Springs, Florida

111155
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5365

Gandy dancers singing at the Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, Florida

111156
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5366

Limone Joseph demonstrates polambi

236343
Date
1985-08
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two color slides. The Po lambi was a Haitian musical instrument. The skill was used in rural Haitian villages to signal social gatherings, as work songs, and harvetsing. It is usuaslly played with drums, and is of African origins. For Haitians, it is a symbol of their culture. The Dade Folk Arts Su...
Type
Still Image

1986 Florida Folk Festival (12 of 17)

238618
Date
1986-05-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video cassette. (3/4" tape) 20 minutes. Po lambi was used in rural Haitian villages to signal social gatherings, as work songs, and harvesting. It is usuaslly played with drums, and is of African origin. For Haitians, it is a symbol of their culture. For an interveiw with Joseph, see S 157...
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-15

1986 Florida Folk Festival (14 of 17)

238620
Date
1986-05-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One video cassette. (3/4" tape) 20 minutes. Video image is dark. Po lambi was used in rural Haitian villages to signal social gatherings, as work songs, and harvesting. It is usuaslly played with drums, and is of African origin. For Haitians, it is a symbol of their culture. For an interveiw w...
Type
Moving Image
Item ID
V86-17

The Gandy Dancers and other demonstrators at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival

234470
Date
1993-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Thirty-six color slides. Various performers at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival. Includes twenty slides of African American former railroad employees demonstrating their occupation, known as Gandy dancers. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers moving...
Type
Still Image

The Gandy Dancers at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival

236922
Date
1993-05
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One proof sheet with eight black and white images (plus negatives). The dancers were: C. Wright, John Mealing, Charlie Vinson, Allen Jones, and Elder Brown. One image also features folklorist Beth Higgs. Gandy dancers were railroad workers who used call-and-response work songs to keep workers movin...
Type
Still Image

Gandy dancers singing- White Springs, Florida

106865
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510621

Gandy dancers at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106868
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510631

Gandy dancers show how sections of track were realigned

111242
Date
Not after 1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5458

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106859
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151011

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106860
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151012

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106861
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA151013

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106866
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510626

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106867
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510628

Gandy dancers performing railroad work at the Florida Folk Festival- White Springs, Florida

106869
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1510634

Interview with shell player Limone Joseph

235132
Date
1985-08-17
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel tape (also copied onto audio cassette: C86-101). Interview with Po Lambi player (Haitian shell playing). The skill was used in rural Haitian villages to signal social gatherings, as work songs, and during harvesting. It is usually played with drums, and is of African origins. For Ha...
Type
Sound
Item ID
T86-58
Item ID
C86-101*

Metro-Dade Folklife Area at the 1986 Florida Folk Festival: shell player Limone Joseph

235131
Date
1986-05-24
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Seven color slides. Joseph leading a po lambi (Haitian shell playing) workshop. The skill was used in rural Haitian villages to signal social gatherings, as work songs, and harvesting. It is usuaslly played with drums, and is of African origin. For Haitians, it is a symbol of their culture. For an i...
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S86-4721 - S86-4727

Folklife People: Jean Ritchie

296316
Date
2015
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Appalachian balladeer and folklorist Jean Ritchie possessed a high lonesome sound ornamented with trills and quivers in the “good old way” of her Kentucky forbearers. A member of one of the great Cumberland Mountain ballad-singing families, she was able to learn hundreds of Appalachian ballads a...
Type
interactive resource

Bartow Library Program: Ranching and Saddle Making

238292
Date
1983-06-20
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Two audio cassettes. Presentation at the Bartow Public Library, in connection with the Pursuits and Pastimes exhibit, on Florida ranching. Folklorist Dyen began with a history of Florida cattle ranching, including fence laws, cowboy music (including songs by Bob Tinsley), stories (including recordi...
Type
Sound
Item ID
C83-119
Item ID
C83-120

The Gandy Dancers demonstration at the 1993 Florida Folk Festival Folklife Area (Second demonstration)

239387
Date
1993-05-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One audio cassette. Mealing and Wright recieved NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 1996. The Gandy Dancers (Mealing, Jones, Brown, Vinson and Wright) sing while demonstrating track lining and spike driving. Wright explains the strength needed to work on railroads. Mealing leads "Good Evening Ev...
Type
sound
Item ID
C93-25

WPA field recordings in Cross City (August 1939 recording expedition)

238028
Date
1939-08
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel. These recordings were created by Florida folklorist Kennedy and photographer Cook in August 1939. They created a total of sixteen 12-inch acetate records that month. On this recording, turpentine workers in Cross City told stories/jokes and sang work songs. For more detailed inform...
Type
Sound
Item ID
T86-257

Gandy dancers and Folk Festival staff - White Springs, Florida

111154
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5364

Gandy dancers and friends - White Springs, Florida

111157
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5367

Gandy dancers and friends - White Springs, Florida

111158
Date
1993
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA5368

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