Like Beads on a String: A Culture History of the Seminole by Brent Richards Weisman

By Brent Richards Weisman

Florida's Seminole Indians are exerting an ever expanding impression on the most important concerns in kingdom politics, financial system, and legislation. From a place of close to obscurity below a century in the past, those local americans have staged a impressive comeback to take an lively hand in shaping Florida society, current and destiny. Anthropologists have lengthy been thinking about the Seminoles and feature usually remarked upon their skill to conform to new situations whereas holding the center good points in their conventional tradition. Early observers of the Seminoles additionally commented at the dynamic rigidity that existed for the person, extended family, and tribe, that drew them jointly, "like beads on a string," right into a resilient and workable society. This learn lines the emergence of those features within the past due prehistoric and early ancient interval within the Southeast and demonstrates their impact at the process Seminole tradition history.

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Squaregrounds continued to function among the peninsular and panhandle Seminole bands as loci of sociopolitical integration (Fairbanks 1978:175 offers a different opinion).

Cattle have been regarded as playing an important role in promoting culture change among the first Seminoles, especially those associated with Cowkeeper's band that settled the Alachua savanna in the 1740s and began herding animals descended from introduced Spanish stock (Fairbanks 1978:169, 175). This view involves several assumptions. First, cattle herding itself is regarded as a dispersed activity that encourages a dispersal of social institutions. Nucleated village life is one of the first things to disappear.

First, there is every reason to believe, on the basis of archaeology and ethnohistory in the Creek area, that the nuclear family was an important and economically viable unit that occupied, for at least portions of the year, special-purpose campsites in relatively remote locations. D. 1300. In late prehistoric chiefdom-level societies of the interior Southeast, these nuclear families would have been bonded in a web of lineage-organized redistributive or obligatory relationships ultimately controlled by the chief (Muller 1987:20).

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