Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Boehmer, William J.
Cornwall, Robert
Corse, Carita Doggett
Hutts, Sam
Johns, Barfield
Osceola, Richard
Smith, Morgan
Tiger, Naha
Dates 1940
Location Florida
Seminole Indian Reservation
United States
Language Creek
Subjects [Cow Creek Settlement]
Dance Music
Field Recordings
Glades County, Florida
Green Corn Dance Songs
Instrumental Music
Seminole Indian Reservation
Seminole Indian Songs
Seminole Indians
Alligator Song
Contributor Names
Smith, Morgan (performer)
Johns, Barfield (performer)
Hutts, Sam (performer)
Osceola, Richard (performer)
Tiger, Naha (performer)
Corse, Carita Doggett, 1892- (collector)
Cornwall, Robert (collector)
Created / Published
Seminole Indian Reservation, Florida, 1940-07-01.
Subject Headings
-  Seminole Indians
-  Dance music
-  Seminole Indians -- Music
-  United States -- Florida -- Seminole Indian Reservation -- place of recording
Field recordings
Instrumental music
-  The Alligator Song from the Green Corn Dance.
-  The Green Corn Dance is a spiritual ritual of purification and thanksgiving held each spring. In this instance, the song was performed with the purpose of being recorded, not as part of the ceremony itself.
-  The sound quality of this recording is poor, and the record concludes with skipping.
-  Performance Note: "Alligator Song" (vocals) performed by Morgan Smith, Barfield Johns, Hutts, Sam, Richard Osceola, and Naha Tiger at Cow Creek settlement, Seminole Indian Reservation, Florida, on July 1, 1940.
sound recording
sound disc
1 sound disc (4 minutes, 17 seconds) : analog ; 12 in.
AFC 1940/011: AFS 03894 A01 DLC-AFC American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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