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The Wootten Family: Present Joys, #318 (1982)
12 Dec 2012
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The extended Wootten family of Sand Mountain, Alabama, sing "Present Joys" (#318) from the Sacred Harp. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, June c. 4-6, 1982, at the home of Chester Wootten. For more videos from the American Patchwork fieldwork and information about Alan Lomax and his collections, visit: http://research.culturalequity.org. [03.08.09]


From 1978 to 1985, Lomax travelled throughout the South collecting recordings in five culture regions — Mississippi Delta and Hill Country, Central and Southern Appalachia, New Orleans, Cajun Louisiana, and Johns Island, S.C. — compiling footage for what would become his "American Patchwork" series of PBS. This clip is drawn from the Central and Southern Appalachia collection. For more about this and the other American Patchwork collections, visit the Alan Lomax Archive's YouTube channel

Documentary Film Folk Music Song Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Culture Heritage In the Streets Preservation Rural Spirituality & Religion Traditional YORA Album/Record Archive/Index Field Recording Folklife Practice Video Appalachia Lomax: Central and Southern Appalachia (1982-1983) Southeast Academic Filmmaker Folklorist Musician Reasearcher Alabama Gospel Hymnody Song/Dance South Southeast
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