Before Barbie…there were Seminole dolls! Dolls are having their cultural moment right now. But, did you know they have been an important and celebrated part of Seminole culture much longer than Barbie has even been around? This week, we will be exploring the beauty, simplicity, and impact of Seminole dolls. Seminoles have been making them for their children for generations. But, as Seminole tourism began to take off in the early 1900s, Seminole dolls and other crafts became important tourist commodities. We will also be shining a spotlight on the University of Florida Seminole doll collection and other South Florida collections. Much of these are online for your perusal! In our featured image this week you can see a young Seminole girl with a very early cloth head doll, circa 1900 (2001.32.1, ATTK Museum). Before the recognizable palmetto dolls you can still find today, Seminoles would make simple cloth or wooden
Critter Count! Join us in Big Cypress National Preserve, as we discover its diverse animal inhabitants.
Welcome back to our latest installment of our Decades of Seminole Tourism series! This week, join us for the triumphs of 2000s, as the Seminole Tribe rocks through Y2K. In this decade, the Seminole Tribe would expand by leaps and bounds, with the construction of Hard Rock Hollywood and Tampa in 2004 and acquisition of Hard Rock International in 2007.
This week, we delve into the rich history of Seminole fashion, exploring its evolution over time and its profound significance within Seminole tourist ventures.
The 71st Annual Florida Folk Festival is next weekend, May 26th-28th, 2023 at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL. This Friday, join us on the blog to learn about Seminole presence at the festival, its history, and how you can attend!