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Members of Carver School playing a game called "zoodio zoodio" at the Florida Folk Festival: White Springs, Florida | by State Library and Archives of Florida
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Members of Carver School playing a game called "zoodio zoodio" at the Florida Folk Festival: White Springs, Florida

Local call number: F8896151

 

Title: Members of Carver School playing a game called "zoodio zoodio" at the Florida Folk Festival: White Springs, Florida

 

Date: May 1959

 

General note: Zoodio is an African-American game with singing. The game, according to research, was often taught at Bible Schools. The game is played with at least eight people in an open space: Choose a partner; stand facing your partner; cross your arms in front of your waist and take your partners right hand in your left hand (and vice versa). Slightly bend your knees like you are riding a bicycle and move your partner's arms back and forth to the beat in a scissors motion while sing/chanting the rhyme. On the words "Step back, Sally," each partner jumps back four times to the beat (or, if the group agrees before hand, back and forth to the beat). On the words, "Walking down the alley," the individual partners strut to the beat, each finding a new partner. The song then begins again. The words to the song that accompanies the game are: Here we go Zoodio, Zoodio, Zoodio Here we go Zoodio, All night long; Step back, Sally, Sally, Sally, Step back, Sally All night long; Walkin through the alley, alley, alley, Walkin through the alley, All night long (repeat as many times as desired).

 

Photographer: Robert R. Leahey

 

Physical descrip: 1 photoprint - b&w - 4 x 5 in.

 

Series Title: Folklife Collection

 

Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850.245.6700. Archives@dos.state.fl.us

 

Persistent URL: www.floridamemory.com/items/show/106046

 

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Taken in May 1959