Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Cook, Robert
Cook, Robert Harrison
Johnson, Berry
Kennedy, Stetson
Dates 1939
Location Cross City
United States
Language English
Subjects African Americans
Beliefs and Superstitions
Cross City, Florida
Dixie County
Field Recordings
Office of the Aycock & Lindsey Turpentine Camp
Spoken Word
Joe Mows, Witches and Hants
Contributor Names
Jack (performer)
Johnson, Berry (performer)
Kennedy, Stetson (collector)
Cook, Robert Harrison (collector)
Kennedy, Stetson (speaker)
Jack (speaker)
Johnson, Berry (speaker)
Created / Published
Cross City, Florida, 1939-08-19.
Subject Headings
-  Spoken word
-  African Americans
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Florida -- Cross City -- place of recording
Field recordings
Spoken word
-  Stetson Kennedy asks Jack about other superstitious tokens. Jack never has been able to tell why people tie dimes or strings around their necks--if he has a dime he spends it. A nutmeg on a string around one's neck is supposed to be good for fluttering heart, but Jack doesn't believe in it. He has heard that carrying a potato in your pocket will cure rheumatism, but doesn't believe that either.
-  Jack doesn't have a wife, but Berry Johnson has been married, and says that the way to make your wife be true to you is to first be true to her.
-  Women keep dimes around their ankles to keep from being conjured, but Berry doesn't believe that it works. A leather strap around the wrist keeps the cramps out of one's arm, a fact which has been confirmed by Berry's doctor.
-  Berry believes in ghosts because the Bible says there are evil spirits. He has been through the hot steam of ghosts but has never seen one. He avoids graveyards because they're "made for the dead.
-  Performance Note: "Joe Mows, Witches and Hants" (spoken) performed by Jack, and Berry Johnson at Office of the Aycock & Lindsey Turpentine Camp, Cross City, Florida, on August 19, 1939.
sound recording
sound disc
1 sound disc (6 minutes, 41 seconds) : analog ; 12 in.
AFC 1939/013: AFS 03528 A04 DLC-AFC American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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