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Florida - The Seminole Tribe of Florida

The Seminole Tribe of Florida, a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, is the only tribe in America who never signed a peace treaty. They call themselves the "Unconquered People" and are descendants of just 300 Indians who managed to elude capture by the U.S. army in the 19th century. Today, more than 2,000 live on six reservations in the state - located in Hollywood, Big Cypress, Brighton, Immokalee, Ft. Pierce, and Tampa.

Seminole history begins with bands of Creek Indians from Georgia and Alabama who migrated to Florida in the 1700s. Conflicts with Europeans and other tribes caused them to seek new lands to live in peace.

Junior Cypress Rodeo and Entertainment Complex located in the Big Cypress Seminole Indian reservation. The facility is open to Tribal activities as well as outside events such as music concerts, festivals, rodeos, tractor pulls and any other event that can be held at this venue. Horseback riding adventures are offered seasonally, providing a wonderful opportunity to venture out into the heart of the Big Cypress Reservation

Seminole cooking. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida Reservations

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Tourism And Enterprises

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Colorful Patchwork. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Seminole Clothing

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Seminole cooking. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Wamp cabbage Seminole cooking. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Seminole Food

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Seminole cooking. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Seminole Food

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Cooking - Today's Seminole Indian enjoys the same foods, shops at the same grocery stores and calls out for pizza delivery as much as anyone living outside Seminole Country. With the exception of sofk (a Seminole drink made of grits or roasted corn) and fry bread, most traditional cooking is done on special occasions. In the past, however, Seminoles made flour for cooking from the roots of the wild coontie (Zamia) plant. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Seminole Food

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Seminole Doll. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Dolls

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Seminole Doll. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Doll. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Dolls

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Seminole Doll. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Dolls

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Seminole Doll - The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Dolls

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Seminole Doll - More than just cloth-wrapped palmetto fiber husk stuffed with cotton, the Seminole Doll accurately portrays the clothing and hairstyle worn by traditional Seminole men and women. It is a favorite item of purchase at the many festivals and "powwow" events attended by Seminole vendors. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Clans - Each Seminole Indian born of a Seminole mother is a member of her "Clan" - a traditional extended family unit. Husbands traditionally went to live in the wife's clan camp. Each clan is characterized by a non-human entity with which is shares many traits, such as strenght, courage, or endurance. There are eight Seminole clans - Panther, Bear, Deer, Wind, Bigtown, Bird, Snake, and Otter. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Clans

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Seminole sweetgrass basket. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole sweetgrass basket. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole sweetgrass basket - "Sweetgrass" baskets have been made by Seminole Indians for more than 60 years. The wild sweetgrass used in these beautiful, sturdy creations is hand-picked from high, dry areas of the Everglades basin, washed, laid in the sun to dry and sewn together with colored threads. Palmetto fiber is the usual basket base material. The baskets may take many different shapes. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Chickee. The Seminole Tribe of Florida

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Chickee

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Chickee. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Chickee

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The roof of a Chickee (inside view). The Seminole Tribe of Florida

Indian camp, sleep chickee, cooking chickee, and eating chickee. The Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Culture, Chickee

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