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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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Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Rootwork by Harry Middleton Hyatt

Hyatt, who was a white man from the North, transcribed the speech of his informants semi-phonetically. PetersburgF la. This site uses cookies. What may look to modern eyes like “racial stereotyping” or making fun of Southerners was actually his sincere attempt to catalogue variant regional pronunciations.

Well thenat night you will begin to worry about his moving around. Hyaty, as i use extracts from Hyatt’s material in my own work, i create html cross-links between pages. Unfortunately, as Hyatt explains in his preface, the material was edited and “omission of Negro dialect means that colored folk speak the same language as their white neighbors” with the exception of “a small vocabulary peculiar to themselves [of which] examples occur frequently in the text.


Kheti Sahure rated it it was amazing Feb 09, She went tuh dis woman’s house an ‘ took fo ‘ needles an ‘ crossed ‘ em at ‘ er do ‘ step an ‘ named dem. I tried to draw him to me but I have never been able to do it. Then there’s fantasy tales his informants made up.

Harry Middleton Hyatt

There’s a huge difference between what one hyath find online vs. They tell me you can hyatr them. 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. Interviews were not numbered.

This is for people who want to dig deep into the history, and in particular the folklore of African-Americans in the American South in the ‘s. I’m assuming he’s dead and hoping no one owns the the collection.

I’ll tell you what I have seen. The first two volumes were published together in the ‘s, the last three were published later. Well, you kin take a pair of scissors an’ put underneath your head or you kin take a new piece of lumber an’ put it underneath your head [the latter being unusual].

Dec 7, 1. Most of the stuff online is simply not old-school, but rather stuff that is more aptly called “urban hoodoo”, which was created by manafacturers in order to sell their products. Meaning, when you are doing hoodoo then you pray to God and use the bible, then do what you want on the side. And that White Supremacy is the only Functional form of Racism alive on the planet today.


I recently read one of Momma Starr’s books. Dec 7, 8.

Black/African-American Hoodoo: Hyatt’s Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft and Rootwork [Rare]

Also, Denise Alvarado Creole? The “Hoodoo” collection consists of 13, separate magic spells and folkloric beliefs, plus lengthy interviews with professional root doctors, conjures, and hoodoos. Hyatt recorded the material on Edison cylinders and a device called a Telediphone, often without the full knowledge of the participants. Walter Five rated it it was amazing Jun 20, The end result was the slaves combined the words hoodoo and vodun to yoodoo voodoo.

Harry Middleton Hyatt – folklore and hoodoo

Hyatt died before the sixth volume, an index, was prepared. See 1 question about Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Rootwork…. It also covers how to help a murderer escape, or how trap one.

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