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Oral history interview with Billie Ruth Sudduth, 2007 July 26-27

Interviewee:
Sudduth, Billie Ruth, 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Bringle, Cynthia  Search this
Gingrass, Katie  Search this
Risatti, Howard  Search this
Ross, Caroline Sedestrom  Search this
Trapp, Kenneth R.  Search this
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Ala.)  Search this
John Campbell Folk School  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
University of Alabama  Search this
Smithsonian Craft Show  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Basket makers -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Basket making -- Cherokee  Search this
Basket making -- Choctaw  Search this
Basket making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13623
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)271795
AAA_collcode_suddut07
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_271795
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Billie Ruth Sudduth

Interviewee:
Sudduth, Billie Ruth  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Ala.) -- Students  Search this
John Campbell Folk School -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Smithsonian Craft Show  Search this
University of Alabama -- Students  Search this
Bringle, Cynthia, 1939-  Search this
Gingrass, Katie  Search this
Risatti, Howard, 1943-  Search this
Ross, Caroline Sedestrom  Search this
Trapp, Kenneth R.  Search this
Extent:
3 Sound discs (Sound recording (4 hr., 42 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
81 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound discs
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2007 July 26-27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Billie Ruth Sudduth conducted 2007 July 26-27, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's home and studio, in Bakersville, North Carolina.
Sudduth speaks of her childhood in Alabama; her adoptive family; growing up in a creative and musical environment; an early exposure to women working with their hands; buying a Cherokee basket at age 12; childhood piano lessons and later exploring rhythm in her baskets; attending Huntingdon College; a strained relationship with her mother; meeting her biological family; attending the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and earning a Master's degree in social work; working as a social worker and psychologist for over 20 years; balancing a career with family; taking a basket-making class in an effort to relax and do something for herself; making baskets in spare time and teaching herself new techniques; her family's move to Las Vegas, Nevada; teaching basket-making classes to adults; developing Math in a Basket curriculum; an interest in Fibonacci and the inclusion of its ratio in her baskets; an interest in color and natural dyes; returning to North Carolina and focusing full time on basket making; receiving a North Carolina Arts Council Emerging Artists grant to photo-document her body of work; becoming interested in chaos theory and its application to her basketry; the popularity and success of Math in a Basket; teaching experiences at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and John Campbell Folk School; receiving a North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist grant to study Cherokee, Choctaw, and other Native American tribes' basketry; her extensive basket collection; the honor of being named a North Carolina Living Treasure; participating in juried shows, including exhibiting at the Smithsonian Craft Show for 12 years and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show for seven years; the evolution of her workspace and studio; making the Carolina snowflake, which was exhibited at the White House; her exhibition history; an increasing respect for and recognition of baskets as art objects; the advantages university-trained artists have over self-taught artists; learning the business side of art making through trial and error; living and working in an incredible community of artists and collectors in North Carolina; a growing interest and participation in donating her baskets for fundraisers; and looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren. Sudduth also recalls Cynthia Bringle, Carol Sedestrom Ross, Kenneth Trapp, Howard Risatti, Katie Gingrass, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Billie Ruth Sudduth is a basketmaker from Bakersville, North Carolina. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 15 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 42 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Psychologists -- North Carolina  Search this
Social workers -- North Carolina  Search this
Topic:
Basket makers -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Basket making -- Cherokee  Search this
Basket making -- Choctaw  Search this
Basket making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.suddut07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-suddut07

Interview with Ann Shadlow and Tim Ramsey, Cheyenne-Choctaw craftspeople and Mavis Doering; "Doc" Pewewardy

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Festival of American Folklife. Oklahoma Program 1982 Washington, D.C.  Search this
Nahwooksy, Clydia, 1933-2009 (field worker)  Search this
Artist:
Ramsey, Tim  Search this
Doering, Mavis, 1929-  Search this
Peweardy, Sam  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (compact audio cassette)
1 Sound cassette (analog.)
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Cherokee Indians  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Sound cassettes
Place:
Oklahoma
United States
Oklahoma City (Okla.)
Date:
1982
Local Numbers:
FP-1982-CT-0026
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Recorded in: Oklahoma City (Okla.), United States, Oklahoma, 1982.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. Some duplication is allowed. Use of materials needs permission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives; please submit this form. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Oral history  Search this
Bead working  Search this
Buckskin  Search this
Basket making  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1982 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1982, Item FP-1982-CT-0026
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1982 Festival of American Folklife
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1982 Festival of American Folklife / Series 5: Oklahoma / 5.1: Fieldwork
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1982-ref2881

Crafts

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Introduction:
The craft presentations at the 1968 Festival featured more than 60 persons demonstrating basket-making, woodworking, wood carving, pottery, blacksmithing and tinsmithing, doll-making, and foodways. A special focus was on textile traditions, with large contingents demonstrating diverse approaches to processing cotton and wool, needlework, and quilt-making.
Participants:
Maurice Alexander, Lummi, totem poles, Washington

Elizabeth Bass, 1906-1991, wool carder, Missouri

Kay Bates, cotton weaver, spinner (treadle wheel) and carder, Louisiana

Herman Benton, 1914-1994, grain scoop maker, New York

Freddy Bump, 1894-1977, chair maker, Arkansas

Dallas Bump, 1918-2016, chair maker, Arkansas

Charlene Cartee, 1908-1985, butter churning, sassafras candy making, Kentucky

Russell Cartee, 1901-1986, rived shingle maker, Kentucky

Gladys LeBlanc Clark, 1918-2011, cotton weaver, spinner (treadle wheel) and carder, Louisiana

Cornelison family, Appalachian potters, Kentucky

Dinkie Daspit, cotton weaver, spinner (treadle wheel) and carder, Lafayette, Louisiana

Susan Denson, Choctaw, split-cane basket maker, Mississippi

Abe Dewey, corn shuck seat maker, Missouri

Letha Dickerson, gourd-head doll maker, Kentucky

Isaac Doss, blacksmith, Arkansas

Freedom Quilting Bee, quilters, Alabama

Tillie Galbadon, 1912-1979, Spanish-American needlework, New Mexico

Dolly Greer, quilter, North Carolina

Taft Greer, 1908-1986, wool weaver, Tennessee

Lucille Guitroz, cotton weaver, spinner (treadle wheel) and carder, Louisiana

Thelma Hall, 1908-1996, nut head and woodenhead doll maker, Arkansas

Alma Harris, 1919-1993, poppets (dolls) maker, Hindsville, Arkansas

Roy Harris, 1920-, wooden figures, Arkansas

Johnie Head, corncob, corn shuck doll maker, Springdale, Arkansas

Ethel Hogsed, 1920-1991, Brasstown carvers, wooden animals, North Carolina

Francis James, 1909-1973, Lummi, wool spinner (electric wheel), Marietta, Washington

Doris John, Navajo, wool weaver, spinner, carder, New Mexico

Edith Jones, Lummi, cedar-bark basket maker, Washington

Edwin L. Kaye, Hopi kachina dolls, New Mexico

Norman Kennedy, 1934-, wool milling, spinning and weaving, Virginia

Wally Kiser, sorghum production, Kentucky

Mrs. Wally Kiser, sorghum production, Kentucky

George Lopez, 1900-1993, -- santos -- carver, New Mexico

Edsel Martin, 1927-1999, dulcimers, North Carolina

Jack Matthews, sheep shearer, Maryland

Angus McLeod and group, wool milling, Massachusetts

Sue McClure, Brasstown carvers, wooden animals, North Carolina

Mrs. Charles Morlan, apple face doll maker, Arkansas

Teresita Naranjo, 1919-1999, Santa Clara Pueblo potter, New Mexico

Elizabeth Notah, 1928-2003, Navajo, wool weaver, spinner, carder, New Mexico

Conchita Quintana, 1941-1994, tinsmith, New Mexico

Mallie Ritchie, corn shuck doll maker, Kentucky

Donald Robinson, split-oak basket maker, Louisiana

Thonius Robinson, split-oak basket maker, Louisiana

Grace Owle Shelton, 1905-1970, Cherokee, cloth doll maker, North Carolina

Kitty Singleton, 1904-1989, corn shuck doll maker, Kentucky

Edgar Tolson, 1904-1984, wooden figures, Kentucky

Elisa Trivett, wool spinner (treadle wheel) North Carolina

Margie Waldron, wool spinner (walking wheel), Missouri

Joe Washington and family, Lummi, net making and setting, Washington

Florence Watson, Navajo, wool weaver, spinner, carder, New Mexico

Ora Watson, 1909-2004, quilter, North Carolina

Rosa Lee Watson, quilter, Deep Gap, North Carolina

Willard Watson, 1905-1994, toys, Deep Gap, North Carolina

Mrs. Hobart Whitson, quilter, Burnsville, North Carolina

Connard Wolfe, 1933-, stone and wood carvings, West Virginia
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1968 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections , Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1968, Series 2
See more items in:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1968 Festival of American Folklife
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-1968-ref18

Cane and palmetto basketry of the Choctaws of St. Tammany Parish, Lacombe, Louisiana / by Thomas A. Colvin ; edited by Melba Elfer Colvin ; photography by S. Harvey Colvin, Jr

Author:
Colvin, Thomas A  Search this
Colvin, Melba Elfer  Search this
Physical description:
14 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Louisiana
Saint Tammany Parish
Date:
1978
C1978
Topic:
Basket making  Search this
Palmetto weaving  Search this
Industries  Search this
Indian basket makers  Search this
Call number:
TT879.B3 C72 1978
TT879.B3C72 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_311084

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