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Native Americans - Florida - Seminoles - Introduction

We have compiled a number of resources about the Seminole Tribe on this page. Following is an excerpt from the Seminole website.

"We were in Florida when the Spanish arrived. They met our ancestors, who they called by different names; the Miccosukee people, the Muscogee people, the Calusa people, and other Native American tribes. The Spanish brought with them diseases that devastated our ancestors. Within one hundred years the new diseases had killed nine out of ten of the Native People of the Americas.

....We continue to grow and prosper, from the two hundred who followed Abiaki, to more than five thousand Tribal members today. We continue to fight for our freedom, but have moved the war from the battlefield to the courtroom. We are a sovereign government with our own schools, police, and courts. We run one of the largest cattle operations in the United States. We own Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos, an international business with locations in 74 countries. We still continue our traditions of sewing, patchwork, chickee building, and alligator wrestling. The world has changed, as it always has, and we have adapted, as we always have; while keeping our ways, our culture, and our lives, to remain the Unconquered Seminole Tribe of Florida."

https://www.semtribe.com/stof/history/introduction

Native Americans - Florida - Seminoles - Starting Resources

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Interactive Exhibit

"What Are We Up To? Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum During The 2020 Public Safety Closure – Part 2."
By Jim Patrick, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, The Seminole Tribune, December 4, 2020.

"What Are We Up To? Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum During The 2020 Public Safety Closure – Part 1."
By Tara Backhouse, Carrie Dilley, Rebecca Petrie, The Seminole Tribune, November 5, 2020.

Native Americans - Florida - Seminoles - Affiliated Publications, Video

Native Americans - Florida - Seminoles - Additional Resources

Egmont Key: Indigenous Injustice at Egmont Key.
Gulf Beaches project, USF Honors program, 2020.

"The Seminole Tribe of Florida."
Cathy Salustri Interviews Dave Scheidecker, the historic archaeologist for
the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida Spectacular Podcast, Dec. 22, 2020.

Native Americans - Florida - Seminoles - Articles, Audio and Video

Native Americans - Florida - Seminoles - Books

Covington, James W. Seminoles of Florida.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1993.
 
Downs, Dorothy. Art of the Florida Indian: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Seminole and Miccosukee Indian Art.
Hollywood, FL: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1989.

----. Art of the Florida Seminole and Miccosukee Indians.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995.

----. Patchwork: Seminole and Miccosukee Art and Activities.
Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, 2005.

Knetsch, Joe. Florida’s Seminole Wars 1817-1858.
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., 2003.

Jumper, Betty Mae Tiger. Legends of the Seminoles.
Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, 1994.

Jumper, Betty Mae Tiger and Patsy West. A Seminole Legend: the Life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Kersey, Harry A. An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation Among the Florida Seminoles, 1953-1979.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996.

----. The Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes: A Critical Bibliography.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Mahon, John K. History of the Second Seminole War. Rev. ed.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1985.

Milanich, Jerald T. Florida Indians from Ancient Times to the Present.
Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 1998.

Missall, John, and Mary Lou Missall. The Seminole Wars : America’s Longest Indian Conflict.
University Press of Florida, 2004.

Mahon, John K. and Brent R. Weisman. "Florida's Seminole and Miccosukee Peoples."
In Gannon, Michael, ed. The New History of Florida, pp. 183–206.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996.

Mulroy, Kevin. The Seminole Freedmen: A History.
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007.

Porter, Kenneth Wiggins. The Black Seminoles: History of a Freedom-Seeking People.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996.

Read, William A. Florida Place Names of Indian Origin and Seminole Personal Names.
Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2004.

Weisman, Brent Richards. Unconquered People: Florida’s Seminole and Miccosukee Indians.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999.

West, Patsy. The Enduring Seminoles: From Alligator Wrestling to Ecotourism.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998.

----. The Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes of Southern Florida.
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., 2002.

Wickman, Patricia R. Osceola's Legacy.
Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1991. 

----. Warriors Without War: Seminole Leadership in the Late Twentieth Century.
Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2012.

Wright, J. Leitch. Creeks & Seminoles: The Destruction and Regeneration of the Muscogulge People. Indians of the Southeast.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986.