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Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture


Series Editor: Ann Hoog
Revised: September 2016

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.

Myron B. Schaeffer Collection of Music from Panama (AFC 1943/022)
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]

Frances Densmore collection of Cuna cylinder recordings (AFC 1948/145)
Thirteen six-inch dictaphone cylinders of Cuna songs and panpipe music recorded by Frances Densmore in Washington D.C. in November-December 1924. A group of Cuna (Tule) Indians from the Colon Province of Panama had been brought to the U.S. by R.O. Marsh. The visit of the delegation to Washington formed the occasion for extensive ethnological and linguistic studies, during the course of which they were recorded both by Densmore and by John Peabody Harrington (see AFC 1981……) The only singer on Densmore's records was Igwa Nigdibippi. Two performers play panpipes, presumably Nigdibippi and Alfred Robinson (who are shown playing panpipes in a photo included in "Studies on the Tule Indians of Panama," _Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 77, no. 2 [1925]: 112-27). Densmore published her analyses and transcriptions in "Music of the Tule Indians of Panama," _Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections_ 77, no. 11 (1926), though Harrington took exception to some of her conclusions. [catalog record]

Per Host Wire Recordings of Cuna Indians from San Blas Islands, Panama (AFC 1950/026)
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]

Per Host Recordings of Folk Music of Colombia, South America (AFC 1951/005)
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]

John Peabody Harrington collection of Cuna cylinder recordings (AFC 1981/028)
Nine six-inch dictaphone cylinders containing recordings of San Blas Cuna songs and spoken word, recorded by John Peabody Harrington in Washington, D.C. , during October and November 1924. The occasion for these recordings was the visit of eight Tule Indians from Panama, brought to Washington by R.O. Marsh. According to the notes on the cylinder boxes, recordings were made by Niga (Felipe), Igwa Nigdibippi, Olo Piniginya, Alfred Robinson, and Tcippu. [catalog record]


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