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Accession number 2009.34
Catalog Number 2009.34.1387
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Black and white photographic print of examples of sofkee spoons and stirring sticks that have been placed on a piece of paper board outside in the grass to be photographed.

"Examples of sofkee spoons and stirring sticks - utensils used by the Seminole. The stirring sticks were made from mulberry (kee) wood and the spoons of cypress. See reverse for story about the sofkee spoon. Property of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Boehmer."

Written on the back of the catalog card is the transcript of a conversation between Mr. Boehmer and Josie Jumper. The conversation went as follows:

Mr. Boehmer: Josie, a museum would like to buy an old sofkee spoon. Do you think anyone has an old spoon to sell?
Josie Jumper: Some people have them but I don't think they would sell them.
Mr. B: Why wouldn't they want to sell them, Josie?
Josie: Well, a sofkee spoon is good medicine.
Mr. B: Tell me about it.
Josie: Let's say you wake up in the morning with a headache. You take an old sofkee spoon and hold it up to the sun to make it warm. Then touch it to the head four times. That will cure the headache.
Date ca. 1960
Photographer William D. Boehmer
Collection Boehmer Collection