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Collection Number: 20389

Collection Title: Phil Jamison Collection, 1992-1993 (bulk 1993)

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Size 20 items
Abstract From late 1992 through 1993, Phil Jamison, coordinator of the Appalachian Music Program, Assistant Director of the Swannanoa Gathering, and teacher of music and mathematics at Warren Wilson College, documented the flatfoot, buckdance, and Charleston dancing styles of western North Carolina. The collection consists of videotapes, audio cassettes, and printed materials documenting the research musician, dance caller, and flatfoot dancer Phil Jamison conducted for the North Carolina Arts Council Folklife Program documentary project Western North Carolina - Buckdancers, Flatfoot Dancers and Charleston Dancers, 1992-1993. The project documented the lives and dancing of buckdancers, flatfoot dancers, and Charleston dancers from several counties in western North Carolina, including Buncombe County, Henderson County, Swain County, Yancey County, Clay County, Jackson County, Burke County, Haywood County, Watauga County, and Madison County. Jamison collected the materials during 1992 and 1993; the project was completed in 1993. The videotapes consist of shots of dancers demonstrating dances to live music, descriptions of steps, and interviews with the dancers. Dances documented include the Hambone, the Turkey Trot, the Two-Step, the Charleston, and the Chicken. The video log documents the dancer's name, the dance style, the accompanying music, and the date of the performance recorded. The audio tapes consist of oral history interviews with twelve dancers. Of particular interest are the performances of L. C. King and John Reeves, who were featured in Mike Seeger's 1987 documentary film Talking Feet.
Creator Jamison, Phil.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audiotapes or videotapes may require production of listening or viewing copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Phil Jamison Collection #20389, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Phil Jamsion, March 2004.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Musician, dance caller, and flatfoot dancer Phil Jamison (b. 1953) has been the coordinator of Warren Wilson College's Appalachian Music Program and the Assistant Director of the annual Swannanoa Gathering. He also served as contributing editor and writer for the traditional music and dance publication The Old-Time Herald.

Jamison began documenting the flatfoot, buckdance, and Charleston dance styles in 1992 with a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council Folklife Program. These methods of dance are variations on the traditional dance style which is widely known as "clogging" or "stepdancing." Though clogging in the Appalachian region developed out of the 18th century dances of Scottish and Irish settlers, the distinct styles documented in these materials evolved under other influences. Buckdancing has its roots in African dance; flatfoot and Charleston styles are thought to have developed out of African American folk dancing. There is very little documentation on the origins of these dances.

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The collection consists of videotapes, audio cassettes, and printed materials documenting the research musician, dance caller, and flatfoot dancer Phil Jamison conducted for the North Carolina Arts Council Folklife Program documentary project Western North Carolina - Buckdancers, Flatfoot Dancers and Charleston Dancers, 1992-1993. The project documented the lives and dancing of buckdancers, flatfoot dancers, and Charleston dancers from several counties in western North Carolina, including Buncombe County, N.C., Henderson County, N.C., Swain County, N.C., Yancey County, N.C., Clay County, N.C., Jackson County, N.C., Burke County, N.C., Haywood County, N.C., Watauga County, N.C., and Madison County, N.C. Jamison collected the materials during 1992 and 1993; the project was completed in 1993.

The videotapes consist of shots of dancers demonstrating dances to live music, descriptions of steps, and interviews with the dancers. Dances documented include the Hambone, the Turkey Trot, the Two-Step, the Charleston, and the Chicken. The video log documents the dancer's name, the dance style, the accompanying music, and the date of the performance recorded. The audio tapes consist of oral history interviews with twelve dancers. Of particular interest are the performances of L. C. King and John Reeves, who were featured in Mike Seeger's 1987 documentary film Talking Feet.

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Contents list

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13 items.

Arrangement: by format.

Video recordings and supporting documentation related to the creation of Phil Jamison's Western North Carolina - Buckdancers, Flatfoot Dancers and Charleston Dancers. The videotapes identified in the video log as numbers 1 through 10 correspond to items number VT-20389/1 through VT-20389/10. The videotape identified as number 14 in the log lists the contents of VT-20389/11.

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10 items.
Videotape VT-20389/1

Ruth Mosteller, Main Camera, 20 February 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/1

Videotape VT-20389/2

Ruth Mosteller, Foot Camera, 20 February 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/2

Videotape VT-20389/3

Berta Frady, Main Camera, 2 April 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/3

Videotape VT-20389/4

Berta Frady, Foot Camera, 2 April 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/4

Videotape VT-20389/5

Biss Honeycutt, Main Camera, 3 April 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/5

Videotape VT-20389/6

Biss Honeycutt, Foot Camera, 3 April 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/6

Videotape VT-20389/7

NCAC: Dance Steps, Main Camera, 22 April 1993-26 April 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/7

Includes dance demonstrations by Emma Lou Wambles, Pauline Zimmerman, Steve Rice, Rodney Sutton, Phil Jamison, Pat Maney, Betty Garland, Ruth Mosteller, Buck Buchanan, James Greer, Wayne Phillips, and Gene Moore. Music performed by John Herrman, Jerry Adams, Hilary Dirlam, Gar Mosteller, Phil Jamison, Gary Johnson, and Jim Ledford.

Videotape VT-20389/8

NCAC: Dance Steps, Foot Camera, 22 April 1993-26 April 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/8

Includes dance demonstrations by Emma Lou Wambles, Pauline Zimmerman, Steve Rice, Rodney Sutton, Phil Jamison, Pat Maney, Betty Garland, Ruth Mosteller, Buck Buchanan, James Greer, and Wayne Phillips. Music performed by John Herrman, Jerry Adams, Hilary Dirlam, Gar Mosteller, Phil Jamison, Gary Johnson, and Jim Ledford.

Videotape VT-20389/9

Maggie Valley, N.C., Dancers, 7 May 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/9

Includes dance demonstrations by Rodney Sutton, Phil Jamison, John Reeves, Robert "Chief" Howell, Troy Cutshaw, Alaska Pressley, Catherine McCrary, Pearl Owen, J. Claude Caldwell, Marlene Blalock, Hattie Caldwell Davis, Gene Ferguson, Dallas Mathis, Wilma Setzer, Richard Queen, and Soco Gap Dancers. Music performed by Liz Shaw, Trevor Stuart, Travis Stuart, and Lynn Shaw.

Videotape VT-20389/10

Valle Crucis, N.C., Dancers, 10 May 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.1. HI-8 Recordings." VT-20389/10

Includes dance demonstrations by Rodney Sutton, Robert Dotson, Ora Watson, Myrtle Dotson, and Phil Jamison. Music performed by Cecil Gurganus, Mary Greene, and Phil Jamison.

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2 items.
Videotape VT-20389/11

NCAC Dancers, Foot camera, 10 May 1993-12 June 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.2. VHS Recordings." VT-20389/11

Includes dance demonstrations by Mary Jane Queen, Rodney Sutton, Robert Dotson, Myrtle Dotson, Phil Jamison, Buck Finney, Sarah Jamison, Ruth King, Clementine DeVigne, Hattie Tribble, Juanita Jones, Viola Edgerton, Joan Kope, Lucille Smith, Ruth King, Harold Tribble, L. C. King, and Earl McElreath. Music performed by Cecil Gurganus, Mary Greene, Phil Jamison, Robert Morgan, George Buckner, and Lawrence Dillingham.

Videotape VT-20389/12

Western North Carolina - Buckdancers, Flatfoot dancers and Charleston dancers, 1993. #20389, Subseries: "1.2. VHS Recordings." VT-20389/12

Includes dance performances by Robert Dotson, L. C. King, Earl McElreath, Hattie Tribble, Buck Buchanan, Wayne Phillips, Buck Finney, Robert "Chief" Howell, John Reeves, Berta Frady, Ruth Mosteller, Pauline Zimmerman, Jim Cooper, Camdler Cooper, Pat Maney, Myrtle Dotson, Ora Watson, and Biss Honeycutt.

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7 items.

This series contains oral history interviews with dancers; the interviews were conducted by Phil Jamison for his project Western North Carolina - Buckdancers, Flatfoot Dancers and Charleston Dancers.

Audiocassette FS-7644

Side One: Berta Frady (b. 1908). Henderson County, N.C. 1 December 1992. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7644

Side Two: Pat Maney (b. 1928). Swain County, N.C. 8 February 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7644

Audiocassette FS-7645

Side One: Biss Honeycutt (b. 1909). Yancey County, N.C. 2 February 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7645

Side Two: Wayne Phillips (b. 1915). Clay County, N.C. 26 April 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7645

Audiocassette FS-7646

Side One: Ruth Mosteller (b. 1932). Jackson County, N.C. 15 February 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7646

Side Two: Betty Garland (b. 1933). Jackson County, N.C. 17 February 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7646

Audiocassette FS-7647

Side One: Buck Buchanan (b. 1927). Burke County, N.C. 1 April 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7647

Side Two: Robert "Chief" Howell (b. 1912). Haywood County, N.C. 5 April 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7647

Audiocassette FS-7648

Side One: Ora Watson (b. 1911). Watauga County, N.C. 15 April 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7648

Side Two: Robert Dotson (b. 1923). Watauga County, N.C. 15 April 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7648

Audiocassette FS-7649

Side One: Buck Finney (b. 1924). Haywood County, N.C. 18 April 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7649

Side Two: John Reeves (b. 1918). Haywood County, N.C. 21 April 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7649

Audiocassette FS-7650

Side One: Albert Burnette (b. 1912). Haywood County, N.C. 13 May 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7650

Side Two: Pauline Zimmerman (b. 1919). Madison County, N.C. 11 February 1993. #20389, Series: "2. Sound recordings, 1992-1993." FS-7650

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Processing Information

Processed by: Alison Waldenberg, July 2006

Encoded by: Alison Waldenberg, July 2006

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