Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Rootwork has 31 ratings and 3 reviews. Hyatt’s extensive book “Folk-lore from Adams County, Illinois” is listed in the. Hi there, I saw a post a year ago looking for all 5 of these books. I have all 5 in pdf form if there is anyone looking for a copy here they are. In my search I kept coming across request and post online about “Hyatt’s Hoodoo , Conjuration, Witchcraft and Rootwork” – which is noted as the motherload of.

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The “Hoodoo” collection consists of 13, separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjures, and hoodoos.

All but one of Hyatt’s informants were African-Americans, but several narrations by European-Americans collected for his earlier book, “Folklore From Adams County, Illinois” were also included. Hyatt recorded the material on Edison cylinders and a device called a Telediphone, often without the full knowledge of the participants.


Harry Middleton Hyatt

He then transcribed and annotated it for publication. Occasionally his equipment failed or was not available and he took hand-written notes instead.

The s field recordings have since been destroyed, with the exception of a few cylinders that Hyatt had pressed onto 78 rpm records. The Florida interviews ofrecorded on cassette tapes, have survived. As if to overcome the ham-fisted linguistic editing hgatt Negro dialect that marred “Folklore From Adams County Illinois,” this time Hyatt transcribed the speech of his informants semi-phonetically.

What may look to modern eyes like “racial stereotyping” or making fun of Southerners was actually his sincere attempt to catalogue variant regional pronunciations. If you read several spells, you will see that he did NOT impose upon his informants one single stereotyped “black dialect” or “Southern dialect” but in fact conveyed, as accurately as he could, the true sound of each person’s speech.

Reading the spells aloud and noting the location where each informant lived will help you comprehend this. I do not intend to apologize for Hyatt’s technique, and i hope that future scholars will not do so either.


The publication of this material was accomplished between andagain under the imprint “Memoirs of the Alma C. Hyatt died before the sixth volume, an index, was prepared.

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