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Songs of the Seminole Indians of Florida

Various Artists
Songs of the Seminole Indians of Florida

Weakened by war and disease, Native peoples of Florida banded together with members of other tribes whom Europeans had forced southward from their homelands to form the Seminoles in the 18th century. Though a large number of Seminoles were relocated to Oklahoma, many stayed in Florida, especially in the Everglades. Dr. Frances Densmore (1867–1957) collected these recordings from 1931 to 1933 on repeat visits to two reservations in Florida. Densmore spent most of her life studying and recording American Indian music, an unlikely career path for a woman at a time when it was unheard of for a proper lady even to travel to “wild” areas.

Track Listing

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Calusa Corn Dance Song Billie Stewart 1:42
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102
4 Cypress Swamp Hunting Dance Song Charlie Billie 2:21
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103
4 Cypress Swamp Buffalo Dance Songs Panther, Josie Billie 3:02
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104
4 Cypress Swamp Corn Dance Song Panther, Josie Billie 1:42
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105
Bird Dance Song / Turkey Dance Song / Alligator Dance Song (1-3) (medley) Panther, Josie Billie 14:05
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201
Snake Dance Songs Panther, Josie Billie 4:07
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202
Songs for the Story of the Opossum and Her Baby Panther, Josie Billie 1:49
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203
Buzzard Dance / Chicken Dance (medley) Billie Stewart 4:00
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204
Treatment of Lumbago / Song for the Dying / Song for Childbirth / Song for Sick Baby (medley) Susie Tiger 8:05
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Songs Concerning the Removal of the Seminole to Oklahoma Susie Tiger 4:10
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