(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)
Main Entry: thau·ma·turg
Etymology: French, from New Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos working miracles, from thaumat-, thauma miracle + ergon work — more at Theater, Work
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“Work Life in the Camps and Swamps of Florida”
Hurston’s history with life in Southern Florida was not confined to her childhood in Eatonville or her various literary efforts. When she attended Columbia University in the 1920s, Hurston was tutored by anthropologist Franz Boaz. Her knowledge of anthropology was incorporated in the 1930s when she worked for the Federal Writers Project during the Great Depression collecting African-American folklore. Her patroness, Charlotte Osgood Mason, funded an anthropological journey to southern Florida, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. In those places, Hurston collected a wealth of folklore through songs, dance, customs, traditions, and cultural norms during her anthropological research trips. (via Zora Neale Hurston & Polk County » Work Life in the Camps and Swamps of Florida)