The Florida Folklife Reader

The Florida Folklife Reader

Tina Bucuvalas

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9781617031403

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi


Florida is blessed with a semitropical climate, beautiful inland areas, and over a thousand miles of warm seas and sandy beaches. And Floridians are every bit as colorful and diverse as the tropical foliage. The interaction between Florida’s people and its environment has created distinctive mixes of traditional life unlike those anywhere else in America. Florida’s cultural foundation includes Seminoles, Anglo-Celtic Crackers, African Americans, transplanted northerners, and ethnic communities, as well as cultural syntheses developed from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries in Key West, Tampa, St. Augustine, and Pensacola. In recent decades, the state’s population has been strongly impacted by large-scale immigration from Cuba, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. South Florida leads other regions in the development of a contemporary cultural synthesis, but Orlando and Tampa are rapidly evolving. Even sleepy north Florida is experiencing a significant shift. This book provides an overview of Florida folklife, bringing together chapters written by folklorists, anthropologists, and ethnomusicologists on a wide array of topics. It examines topics as diverse as regional and ethnic folk groups, occupational folklife, the built environment, musical traditions, rituals, and celebrations.

Table of Contents

Key Largo to Marathon

Brent Cantrell

Michael Kernahan

Stephen Stuempfle

Exploring Peruvian Music in Miami

Davis, Martha Ellen

The Seminole Family Camp

Ormond H. Loomis

Sacred Steel

Robert L. Stone

Eternal Be Their Memory!

Stavros K. Frangos

Maritime Folklife

Florida Folklife Program, Florida Department of State. Introduction by Nancy Michael, Oral Traditions by Nancy Nusz, Boats by David Taylor, Fishing Gear by Ormond H. Loomis, Music by Peter Roller, Foodways by Merri Belland