The Seminole: Patchworkers of the Everglades

The Seminole: Patchworkers of the Everglades

by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
     
 

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Just imagine living in the swampy Florida wilderness, with alligators, snakes, and mosquitoes as neighbors. For the Seminole, living far away from other people was a normal way of life. They traveled great distances to trade alligator skins and bird feathers for food, guns, and cotton cloth. To make the cloth last from one trip to the next, Seminole women sewed… See more details below

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Just imagine living in the swampy Florida wilderness, with alligators, snakes, and mosquitoes as neighbors. For the Seminole, living far away from other people was a normal way of life. They traveled great distances to trade alligator skins and bird feathers for food, guns, and cotton cloth. To make the cloth last from one trip to the next, Seminole women sewed together scraps of cloth. In time, sewing patchwork became an art that has lasted for many years.

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The American Indian tribe known as the Seminole occupied much of what is now Florida. After many years of war there was a period of peace beginning after 1858 where the Seminole were able to return to family life. It was during this time that the Seminole women created an art form using a new patchwork method of sewing. Through the years, the patchwork design became very popular, not only on Seminole clothing but also on their handmade dolls, beadwork, and baskets. Today it is a reflection of the Seminole heritage and usually worn only for special occasions and important ceremonies. This book focuses on the Seminole custom of crafting patchwork. It contains several activities, including easy directions for making a patchwork bookmark and a simple recipe for wild grape dumplings. Young readers will enjoy learning about the Seminole culture as they read this brief but enlightening book. The many photographs and illustrations enhance the already-informative text. This book is highly recommended for any middle reader's study of Native Americans. It concludes with a glossary, index, and list of sources for additional information. It is part of the "America's First People" series. 2003, Blue Earth Books/Capstone Press,
— Denise Daley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736857680
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
America's First Peoples Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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