DARE Interview : Waycross, Georgia; Primary Informant GA030

  • 1968
  • Informant Data:
  • GA030: White; male; age: 72 (old); education: some schooling; community type: rural
  • GA031: White; male; age: 64 (old); education: college; community type: rural
  • Media Files:
  • Full Interview 1 (Tape 0308-S1). [Additional speakers: GA031]
  • Content:
  • 00:25 Grew up next to swamp, went to work for lumber company there at 13. Helped survey it
  • 05:05 Fetching supplies for loggers in a little boat. Crime in swamp—lots of loggers were rough men, and couldn't try crimes in the swamp because no one knew which county it was
  • 10:05 Bitten by an alligator once, saw a bear kill one once. Bear is king of swamp
  • 15:50 Bear poisoner. Saving swamp environment after helping loggers ruin it. Birds that are gone
  • 20:20 Cranes and their nesting habits, egrets killed for feathers. Saved by government buying the swamp
  • 25:50 Local bird names, like "the lord god," "pond scoggin," and "ironhead." Discovering/confirming that alligators carry water to their nests
  • 32:00 Tape end
  • Full Interview 2 (Tape 0308-S2). [Additional speakers: GA031]
  • Content:
  • 00:20 Alligator nests, mother helps babies hatch. Joree birds can tell you (by nest) to expect a dry summer. Ducks distracting predators from young
  • 05:40 Floating islands and swamp gas. Alligators and snakes hibernate, and bears don't bother
  • 10:05 Bear cubs and breeding cycle. Bald eagles mating for life and abandoning nests if widowed
  • 14:15 Carnivorous plants—pitcher plants and others. "Po' man's soap" from leaves of a bush
  • 19:15 Exotic plants—devil whip, pennywort, and floating heart. Trumpet root tea or a boiled woodpecker for whooping cough, blood of a black chicken for shingles
  • 24:30 Mullein chest poultice, tallow and gum salve. Men who could cure warts, "thrash," and hawk predation
  • 28:30 Divining (easy with a high water table), making movies
  • 31:15 Tape end
  1. Full interview 1

  2. Full interview 2


Rentschler, Sally
  • 1968
  • Dictionary of American Regional English
  • English
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