The Florida Folklife Reader

Edited by Tina Bucuvalas

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 35 b&w photographs, appendices, bibliography, index

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An overview of the traditional, changing folklife from a vibrant southern state

Contributions from Katherine Borland, Tina Bucuvalas, Brent Cantrell, Martha Ellen Davis, Florida Folklife Program/Florida Department of State, Stavros K. Frangos, Gregory Hansen, Joyce M. Jackson, Ormond H. Loomis, Jerrilyn McGregory, Martha Nelson, Laurie K. Sommers, Robert L. Stone, Stephen Stuempfle, and Anna Lomax Wood

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.

Although several books detail the traditions of specific Florida regions or folk groups, this is the first to provide an overview of Florida folklife. The Florida Folklife Reader brings together essays written by folklorists, anthropologists, and ethnomusicologists on a wide array of topics. The authors examine topics as diverse as regional and ethnic folk groups, occupational folklife, the built environment, musical traditions, rituals, and celebrations.

Tina Bucuvalas, Tarpon Springs, Florida, is curator of art and historical resources with the City of Tarpon Springs. She is president of the Florida Folklore Society and served as state folklorist and director of the Florida Folklife Program of the Florida Department of State.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 35 b&w photographs, appendices, bibliography, index