The Seminoles are mostly known as the Florida State University mascot, yet most don’t know anything about the actual seminole tribe and their traditions. I look forward to learning about the Seminoles history and how they came to be in Florida. I would like to know how they have adapted to today’s society and whether or not the tribe has kept their past traditions or turned a new leaf.
The seminole tribe has many traditional clans that break up the tribe and one of the tribes is the bird. The Seminoles come in contact with egrets, herons, ospreys, and anhingas because of the swampy areas of florida. The birds are all water-dwelling and hunt fish and other aquatic prey. The seminole have a tradition about the creator and how he created all living things on earth. When the bird was created, he was told to just fly around the world and not pay any attention to any of the others animals and just mind his own business.
I found much of my information on the seminole history and culture on Florida heritage (http://www.flheritage.com/facts/history/seminole/) and the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s website (http://www.semtribe.com/). The websites had valid information on the Creek Wars and many cultural aspects, including their religion, artwork, and family traditions. I also found many things on Florida Memory (http://www.floridamemory.com), which told much about the seminole migration and how the seminoles interact with today’s society.
The seminoles don’t face many threats nowadays besides their small population of only about 2000 tribe members. The size of the population has grown since the Creek Wars, but it is still a very small population in the world today. Many of the seminoles have converted their religion and some traditions to western ways, but many still build chickees (homes) for private and commercial customers. Much of the Seminoles native tongue has been lost over the years and many speak english as well. The seminoles did adopted their own government on July 21, 1957 and voted on the Seminole Constitution, which federally recognizes the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
I met a person on facebook that is a descendant of the Seminole tribe and asked him how he carried out his everyday life. He works at a casino resort in Florida that other seminoles own. He has a few friends that build chickees commercially throughout Florida. He said he gets together with members of the tribe quite often and every member is part of his family. He no longer practices the seminole religion and has converted to Christianity like many other of the tribe members. He said he and the tribe have converted many of their old ways and traditions and have adapted to much of western civilization.
The seminole tribe migrated to Florida after the ban of the Creek indians in Georgia and Alabama. The tribes migrated south to Florida to evade war with the U.S. government and also to find rich, fertile soil to grow crops. After migrating in the 1700s, the Seminoles were given their name by the 1770s which means “wild people” or “runaways.” All of the seminoles 2000 person population reign throughout Florida on reservations in cities such as, Hollywood, Big Cypress, Brighton, Immokalee, Ft. Pierce, and Tampa. The Seminole tribes have stayed in these areas since they first migrated to Florida in the 1770s.
The seminoles get along peacefully with their Florida neighbors. As stated before, many seminoles converted to christianity and attend church with many non-seminoles. Seminoles also build many chickees and operate many casinos and restaurants that they open to the public. Seminoles have blended in with much of the Florida culture and have come to to be an essential cultural aspect of Florida.