2Where do the Seminole Live? The Seminole lived in the southeast region, specifically in the state of Florida.They started out in northern Florida, but when the Americans attacked them, the Seminole tribe retreated further south, into the Everglades.
3Who are the Seminole Indians The Seminole people were once part of the creek tribeThey farmed the southern regions of what is known today as Georgia and AlabamaWhen European settlers arrived, some of the creek people decided to stay behind, while others moved to northern and central FloridaThese people became known as the Seminole (which means “runaway” or “Wander”
4What did they eat?They planted corn, beans, squash and other vegetables and fruitThey fished and hunted, often catching alligators in the Florida swampsOn land the Seminole hunted deer , bear, raccoon, squirrel, and birdsThe gathered roots and potatoesEach family owned a vegetable gardenCorn was an important staple in the Seminole dietIt was often used to make a corn dish called hominy or it was ground into meal to make cornbread
5What did they wear?They wore colorful cotton clothing decorated with striped or plaid designsThe women wore long-sleeved blouses and skirts that touched the floorWore necklaces made of glass beadsIt was common for Seminole women to wear several pounds of beaded necklaces that reached all the way to her earsMen wore colorful shirts and plaid turbans on their headsWhen the weather was cold, men wore coats with ruffles called long shirts
6What are Chickees?The Seminole living near the Everglades built open-sided wooden huts called chickeesA chickee was built on a platform raised about 3 feet off the swampy ground, and it had a thatched roof constructed of palmetto leavesThe roof kept out rainThe Seminole slept in hammocksThe Seminole spent most of their time outdoors
8How did the Seminoles travel? They made flat dugout canoes from hollowed-out cypress logsThey steered the boats with poles rather than paddles
9What were the Seminole villages like? Was made up of many familiesFamilies in the villages were related through their mothersAll women and children belonged to the same clan (vocabulary word)Seminole women worked near camp, taking care of the children, cooking, sewing, and gardeningSeminole men hunted, fishing, and farmingIn the early summer, the Seminole prepared for an important festival- the green corn danceSeminole villages came together to celebrate the festival by dancing, playing games, and feastingThe naming ceremony was held that year at the green corn dance festival