Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckThe Seminole Indians stand alone as a tribe that was able to partially forestall and defeat the United States Army during the nineteenth century. This book tells the story of the history and culture of a brave and dedicated people. As part of the "Lifeways" series of Native American studies this volume traces the evolution of Seminole society from the 1700s to the present. The Seminole were, in fact, the descendants of the Creeks who settled in south Georgia and Florida. In the early eighteenth century the decline of the Creeks and the transfusion of escaped slaves into the Spanish held province of Florida led to the emergence of a new Native American tribe. Named the Seminole the tribes moniker was derived from the Spanish term cimarrone or "wild." The Seminole settled the swamplands of much of Florida. Their lifestyle revolved around the changing seasons and wildlife of areas such as the Everglades. Within the Seminole tribe the influx of African-American escaped slaves led to a racial mixture that enhanced and influenced their culture. During the nineteenth century the forces of the United States waged a forty year long war against the Seminole. This conflict was marked by a number of military disasters for the American forces. However, eventually the weight of opposition led to the defeat and transportation of most Seminole people to Oklahoma. Despite this setback perhaps 500 Seminole people remained hidden within the Everglades where they lived surreptitiously for decades. Thus, The Seminole Nation presently includes two main branches located in both Oklahoma and Florida. The story of the Seminole is one marked by remarkable fortitude. This tale is told in an exemplary manner in this work of social history.
School Library JournalGr 5-9-Bial does a fine job of looking at two Native American tribes, their origins, histories, customs, beliefs, and current status. Excellent-quality, full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions, both historical and contemporary, show people engaged in everyday tasks. The texts include an introduction to the groups' languages and at least one Native recipe. Particularly useful in both titles is the extensive section of sources for further information, which include print materials, Web sites, and tribal organizations. Solid cultural and historical overviews for reports, and for general readers curious about Native American people.-Mercedes Smith, Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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