Stories in Chitimacha

Mss.Rec.7

Date: 1933, 1934 | Size: 2 reel(s)

Abstract

This collection primarily contains Chitimacha material, with some additional Nootka material, originally recorded on 23 wax cylinders by Morris Swadesh in 1933 and 1934. The recordings were transferred circa 1951 to 2 sound tape reels. Due to the poor condition of the original cylinders, the sound quality of the recordings is generally poor. Tape 1 contains elicited sentences, folklore, and autobiographical stories told in Chitimacha by Benjamin Paul, chief from 1903 to 1934, and Delphine Ducloux, the last known speaker of Chitimacha. Recorded in Louisiana in 1933 on 22 wax cylinders. Tape 2 contains elicited sentences, unidentified narrative, and some singing in Nootka by Alex Thomas. Recorded at Port Alberni, British Columbia, on 1 wax cylinder in 1934.

Digital objects note

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Collection Information

Physical description

2 sound tape reels (1 hr., 53 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, 2 track, mono; 7 in.

2 sound tape reels (1 hr., 53 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, 2 track, mono; 7 in.

Provenance

Donated by Morris Swadesh in 1950.

Processing information

Collection digitized and cataloged by Brian Carpenter during the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded audio digitization project, 2008-2014.

Related material

Morris Swadesh's Chitimacha dictionary file, Chitimacha-English dictionary, fieldnotes, grammar, texts, vocabulary, and other material can be found in the American Council of Learned Societies Committee on Native American Languages, American Philosophical Society [ACLS Collection] (Mss.497.3.B63c.)

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Sound recordings

Subject(s)

  • Animals -- Folklore
  • Basket making
  • Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore
  • Chitimacha language
  • Indians of North America -- Migrations
  • Nootka Indians -- Music
  • Nootka language


Detailed Inventory

Audio recordings
  
01-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
Rabbit Splits His Nose
19341 .mp3; 00:07:50

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:07:50


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore; Animals -- Folklore; Chitimacha language; Rabbits -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5814

02-01. Paul, Benjamin. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
Grandmother Teasing Song; How the Indian Came
19341 .mp3; 00:05:45

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:45


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore; Indians of North America -- Migrations; Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5820

03-01. Paul, Benjamin. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
The Chart of the Sky; Old Owl Woman
1934-09-171 .mp3; 00:07:15

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:07:15


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Owls -- Folklore; Chitimacha language; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5819

04-01. Paul, Benjamin. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
Rabbit Splits His Nose; Wolf and Turtle
19341 .mp3; 00:07:24

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:07:24


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Turtles; Wolves -- Folklore; Rabbits -- Folklore; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore; Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5813

05-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
Mockingbird and Owl; Two Chickens; When the World Began [1 of 2]
19341 .mp3; 00:05:54

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:54


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Mockingbirds -- Folklore; Chickens; Chitimacha language; Creation -- Mythology; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5818

06-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
When the World Began [2 of 2]; Some Sentences Continued and Concluded; The Neighbors' Fight [beginning]
19341 .mp3; 00:05:38

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:38


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language; Creation -- Mythology; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5815

07-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
Chitimacha sentences
19341 .mp3; 00:05:25

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:25


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5816

08-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
The Snake-Bite Story; Chitimacha Phrases
19341 .mp3; 00:05:27

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:27


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language; Snakes; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5821

09-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
Stories in Chitimacha, Cylinder #9 (Deer and Turtle as Rivals [1 of 2]?)
19341 .mp3; 00:05:41

Untitled cylinder. May be "Deer and Turtle as Rivals (part 1 of 2)"

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:41


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language; Animals -- Folklore; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore; Turtles; Deer

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5817

10-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
Deer and Turtle as Rivals [2 of 2]
19341 .mp3; 00:05:52

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:52


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language; Turtles; Animals -- Folklore; Deer

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5806

11-01. Paul, Benjamin. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
DuPlessis in League with the Devil [1 of 2]
19341 .mp3; 00:03:09

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:03:09


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Devil -- Folklore; Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5805

12-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
DuPlessis in League with the Devil [2 of 2]; How Longhorn Got Her Name
19341 .mp3; 00:02:58

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:02:58


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Devil -- Folklore; Chitimacha language; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5809

13-01. Paul, Benjamin. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
Marriage of the Chief's Daughters
19341 .mp3; 00:02:47

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:02:47


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language; Marriage

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5808

14-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
The Snake-Bite Story
19341 .mp3; 00:02:41

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:02:41


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Snakes; Chitimacha language; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5807

15-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Paul, Benjamin.
Some Talk About Hunting
19341 .mp3; 00:03:07

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:03:07


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Hunting; Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5803

16-01. Ducloux, Delphine. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
Stories in Chitimacha, Cylinder #16
19341 .mp3; 00:02:59

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:02:59


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language; Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5800

17-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Ducloux, Delphine.
How I Learned to Weave Baskets
19341 .mp3; 00:03:03

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:03:03


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language; Basket making

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5801

18-01. Ducloux, Delphine. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
A Selfish Woman
19341 .mp3; 00:05:18

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:18


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5802

19-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Ducloux, Delphine.
A Selfish Woman, further 45-55, sentences 1-4
19341 .mp3; 00:05:12

Numbering in title refers to location of recorded material on original wax cylinder.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:12


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5799

20-01. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967. Ducloux, Delphine.
Chitimacha Speech & Songs
19341 .mp3; 00:05:07

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:07


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha Indians -- Folklore; Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5811

21-01. Ducloux, Delphine. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
Chitimacha Sentences
19341 .mp3; 00:05:08

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:08


Geographic Name(s): Louisiana

Subject(s): Chitimacha language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5798

23-01. Thomas, Alex. Swadesh, Morris, 1909-1967.
Nootka Sentences and Story
19331 .mp3; 00:07:48

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Cylinder recording) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:07:48


Geographic Name(s): Port Alberni (B.C.)

Subject(s): Nootka Indians -- Music; Nootka language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5804