Seminole Florida Art
History Fort Lauderdale has teamed up with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to present an exhibition showcasing the works of contemporary Seminoles tribal artists. The two-month exhibition, entitled Patchwork Mosaic, will showcase Indigenous collections from Seminole Masterworks at the Museum of Natural History and History of South Florida (MNRF) from October 1 to December 31, 2016. With galleries packed with art from artists from the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, South Florida is gearing up for the madness of Art Basel, not just for tourists who want to add value to their personal collections.
The mixed media artists often combine traditional Seminole tribal art with modern techniques such as wood-, bead- and printing techniques as well as works that also include intaglio prints. The works often include themes related to identity and family, "Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Art Director Dr. John D. Dickey recently told the Seminoles Tribune. Traditional Seminolo art, including woodwork, beadwork or leather, is often used in a variety of media, from printmaking to painting, sculpture, ceramics to sculpture. Seminole art, however, has changed from a cultural and functional use of these objects to a tourist art object.
He added: "Fort Lauderdale is a city that has woven itself into the history of the indigenous communities in Florida and the United States as a whole.
When the Flagler Railroad to Miami was completed in the early 20th century, Florida experienced a population boom. The traditional groups, known as the Trail Indians, moved to their new home on the Tamiami Trail, which connected Tampa and Miami, where they could sell their crafts to travelers.
Although the Seminole population had shrunk due to the war, it grew significantly in the 1950s and 1960s, and they maintained traditions such as powwows and migratory ceremonies. They were also responsible for the creation of Lake Seminole, which separates Florida from the rest of the United States and the Great Lakes region of North America. Today, they live in Oklahoma and Florida and are one of only two state-recognized tribes in Florida. The Miccosukee tribe of Florida Indians, which follows their traditional way and language of the Mikasuki, organized itself as a non-governmental organization in 1957 to gain state recognition, according to the Florida Department of State.
Florida owes much of its history to the Seminoles, a group of indigenous people from the occupied states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. In the late 19th century, the Florida Seminoles reestablished limited ties with the US government and received state recognition as part of the United States Department of Indian Affairs in the 1930s, but moved to a reserve in 1940 and reorganized their government. They moved again and in 1957 received state recognition as the "Seminole Tribe in Florida," as it says on its website.
The Oklahoma Seminoles tribe received a settlement in 1990 and received three-quarters of the judgment. Based on population data from the early 20th century, they were the second largest tribe in the United States and the largest in Florida. The Seminoles in Florida included the Miccosukee, but most of those people were full - covered in blood at the time.
The standard story is that most of America's original Indian tribes died out in the 18th century, and that the ancestors of modern Miccosukee and Seminole were the descendants of others who moved to the state in the mid-18th century. Spanish Florida migrated into the early 18th century, and the black Seminoles were not recognized by the United States, as most blacks in Florida were believed to have escaped slaves, since they were believed to have been enslaved.
According to Native American estimates, they were exiled to Oklahoma, where they settled in Oklahoma City, near the present city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The US government tried to move the Seminoles from Oklahoma during the Civil War, which triggered another war, the Second Seminole War. After signing a new treaty with the United States that included freedom of tribal affiliation for the Black Seminoles, most of the Seminoles of Oklahoma allied with the Confederacy and signed it as part of a treaty between the Confederate States of America and the State of Florida. In the mid-18th century, after the signing of the new treaties with the US that included freedom of tribal membership for all Black Seminoles, many of them allied themselves with and supported Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
This dynasty lasted mainly until the Second Seminole War, when the USA forced the majority of the Seminoles to move from Florida to the Indian territory of present-day Oklahoma. After the death of their leader, the Trail Indians decided to form their own government. So, on July 21, 1957, tribal members voted to create a "Seminole Constitution" that established the federally recognized Seminola Tribe of Florida. Bedell continued to serve the Semineoles until Hurricane Donna tore apart the mission, leaving it in ruins.