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Video: Overview of Florida Seminole history

Video:  Overview of Florida Seminole history


This is a late 20th century TV program, but it contains some very interesting photos and B/W film of how the Seminoles were living, when the first paved highway reached them in 1928.   There is an especially interesting aerial photo of a Seminole hamlet.  You will get a good idea of traditional Seminole architecture and clothing.

Note:  Oceola’s real name . . . or actually his political position . . .  was Ase Yohola.   These Muskogee words mean “Sacred Black Drink – Caller.”  In other words, he was not a mikko, but an elected leader of a regional council, whose most important responsibility was the brewing of yaupon holly leaves in to a tea that was used in ceremonies.  Today the position of Yahvla (Yahola) primarily means that this person is the Speaker of the town or tribal council.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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