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  • Josie Billie was a member of the Florida Seminole people who lived his entire life on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Hendry County, Florida. Born December 12, 1887, Josie Billie was the son of Connie Pajo, also known to Floridians as Billie Cornpatch, the first Indian to receive a Western education in Florida. A Seminole medicine man and long-time public spokesman for the Florida Seminoles, Billie later continued his medical work as an herbalist and became a Baptist minister. He was a frequent participant in the Florida Folk Festival, which was founded in 1953 and is one of the oldest folk festivals still in existence. This song was recorded at the 1959 Florida Folk Festival in White Springs by Foster Barnes of the Stephen Foster Center. The festival program described Billie as being of the Panther or Wildcat clan of the Seminoles. Josie Billie died in 1980.

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