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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2012

For additional information about Archive of Folk Culture collections, contact the Folklife Reading Room. To request copies, see our webpages regarding audio materials and photographic materials. Please refer to the AFC and/or AFS numbers when requesting information. All indications of time duration listed in this finding aid are estimates.

AFC 1943/022: Myron B. Schaeffer Collection of Music from Panama
Forty-nine 12-inch discs, 26 10-inch discs, and 1 6-inch disc of music recorded in Panama, by Myron Schaeffer, 1943-1945. The collection includes a song list for AFS 7653-7697 (data sheets from the Instituto de Investigaciones Folkloricas, Archivo de la Discoteca, Universidad Interamericana, Panama). Texts for some of the songs are transcribed in an article by Louise Cramer entitled "Songs of West Indian Negroes in the Canal Zone," California Folklore Quarterly V, no. 3 (July 1946): 243-272. (AFS 6893-6894; AFS 7318-7323; AFS 7653-7720) [catalog record]

AFC 1950/026: Per Host Wire Recordings of Cuna Indians from San Blas Islands, Panama
Four wire spools of field recordings of a lullaby from the San Blas Islands, Panama, sung by an Indian girl; conversations with missionary Lonnie Iglesias, a San Blas Indian who was educated in the United States; a chief making a speech; chants used in traditional medicine and customs; flute music played on reed panpipes; songs; conversations between the missionary and children; the missionary giving some information on the language of the San Blas Indians; speech; and chant. The collection includes 3 black-and-white photographic prints of musicians playing reed panpipes taken by Per Höst. Recorded by Per Höst in April and May 1948 at Ailigande and possibly other locations in the San Blas Islands, Panama. (LWO 1322; RZA 2101; preservation tape LWO 25,707) (AFS 9998-10,001) [catalog record]

AFC 1951/005: Per Host Recordings of Folk Music of Colombia, South America
One 7-inch tape of music and other sounds from the rainforest region of Colombia and Panama, including Choco Indian children's songs, a medicine man's song, and howler monkey noises. Recorded on the border of Colombia and Panama, by Per Host, 1949. (1 hour; LWO 1573) (AFS 10,028) [catalog record]


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