Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes of Southern Florida

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Postcards of the Florida Seminole and Miccosukee tribes originated in towns where the Everglades and Big Cypress dwelling Indians came to trade. The natives' dress and accessories presented a novelty to southern Florida's early visitors. With Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad and hotels, tourism became a rising industry. During World War I, a failing hide market forced Indians to find a new livelihood, and the "Seminole Indian Village Attractions" began in Miami. Indians sold crafts and wrestled alligators, embracing tourism while keeping their culture intact. Tourist-attraction Indians (later organized as the Miccosukee Tribe) moved their Everglades camps to the Tamiami Trail. By the mid-1930s, many families had opened their own tourist attractions, becoming the first native entrepreneurs. Economic reinvention, especially through tourism, has sustained these tribal groups, most recently with bingo and gaming.
ISBN: 9780738594149
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 185
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes of Southern Florida is Patsy West's second book with Arcadia. These postcards are from the Seminole/Miccosukee archive, which contains over 11,000 images dating from 1852 to the present. Based in Fort Lauderdale, the archive has been a resource since 1972.