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Indians of North America The Seminole 1993

Catalog Data

Nevison, Henry Producer  Search this
Henry Nevison; Producer, Director  Search this
Marty Moss-Coane; Narration  Search this
Harold Boihem; Editor  Search this
Dana Palermo, Rick Scott; Audio  Search this
Andrew Schlessinger, John Gerbec, Dana Palermo; producers  Search this
Physical description:
31 min sound color video
Seminole Indians  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Southern States  Search this
Projected media
Collection descriptions
North America
United States, Florida
Indians of North America Series: The Seminole. Edited film documents the history of the Seminole American Indians since the arrival of European settlers in Florida. Emphasis is placed on the creation of the Seminoles out of fragments of other tribes, the impact of expansionism and conflict with the U.S. government over land rights. Film addresses the war between the Seminoles and the U.S. government led by Florida governor and future president, Andrew Jackson, resulting in accession of Seminole land in Florida and the migration of many Seminoles to Oklahoma. Also explored are the influence of numerous government policies, treaties and laws involving the Seminole such as the 1887 Dawes Act, allotting land to individuals rather than to the tribe; the Indian Removal Act, forcing relocation of the Indian tribes westward, and educational policies such as forbidding Seminole school children to speak their tribal language. Other events impacting the Seminoles include the Civil War during which both sides rallied for Seminole support, the discovery of oil on Seminole territory in the 1920's, Indian recruitment during World War II, the establishment of Indian reservations. Footage sequences include: artist creating a sculpture; "chickees," Seminole houses with thatched roofs; the Green Corn Ceremony, where participants ingest herbal medicine to reinforce their bond with nature; black and white footage displaying cotton patchwork clothing designs for which the Seminoles are famous. interviews with elders and youths.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Land--acquisition of  Search this
Land--as a source of wealth  Search this
Land--as property  Search this
Land--reclamation  Search this
Land--reservations  Search this
Settlement--patterns  Search this
Boundaries--territorial  Search this
Conflict  Search this
War--Civil War--World War II  Search this
Warfare--guerrilla  Search this
Territorial--boundaries--exploitation  Search this
Territory--annexed consolidation of  Search this
Government--activities--agencies, relief  Search this
Government--care of dependent ethnic groups  Search this
Government--education--public  Search this
Government--expeditions  Search this
Government--military  Search this
Government--policies  Search this
Government--constitutions  Search this
Military--armed forces  Search this
Military--posts--tactics  Search this
Education--curriculum  Search this
Education--teachers in--theories of  Search this
Education--attitudes toward  Search this
Spiritualism  Search this
Missions--religious  Search this
Nature--ideas about  Search this
Descent--matrilineal  Search this
Assimilation--of ethnic groups  Search this
Bands--migratory  Search this
Hunting--buffalo  Search this
Horses  Search this
Cattle  Search this
Exploring--expeditions  Search this
Ownership--individual--collective  Search this
Culture--accomodation--adaptation  Search this
Culture--change  Search this
Culture--continuity  Search this
Culture  Search this
Culture--ideals  Search this
Treaties--peace--capitulation  Search this
Oil--wells--discovery  Search this
Cotton--cultivation of  Search this
Cloth--woven  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1995.1.7
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives