Seminole People

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Seminole People Who Were the Seminoles?

As many of the tribes of the time were made up of small remnants of other tribes, so were the Seminoles. The language spoken was the Muskogean, also spoken by the Creeks. At one time the Seminoles were part of the group known as the Lower Creeks, living in Georgia and Alabama. Around the year 1750, because the Creek Council voted to return the slaves who were living in Creek country to the plantation owners who claimed them, the Lower Creeks withdrew and moved into Florida, taking the blacks with them. The blacks, who were called Freedmen, were given the right to form their own communities and govern themselves under the protection of the Lower Creeks.

In return the blacks paid tribute to the Indians by way of produce and livestock, much as the serfs had done in Europe.

The Creeks called this group of runaways, Seminoles, which meant "the ones who broke away." With other groups in Florida, such as the Hitchite, Cheaha-Alabama, Yuche, Mobile, Pensacola, Nachez, Ocheese, Mekusukey, Clusa and Apalache, the Seminoles became a loosely knit organization called the Seminole and were recognized as a separate tribe in 1775 by the Federal Government.

- Tuskoma Brown Miller, ESTE-CATE, 1982

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Seminole Tribal Complex

The Seminoles are a very proud people, devoted to their heritage and traditions. They believe strongly in their culture, which is displayed in many ways, including Stomp Dances Art, Storytelling, Music, and the devotion to their loved ones who pass on.

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Outdoor Murals

"Wewoka Switch" - artist, Kenneth & Edwana Gayler Located between 3rd and 4

Wewoka, OK Arts

Sportsman's Lake

Sportsman Lake has more than 1,400 acres that provide a wildlife refuge with a 350 acre lake. Sportman's has a variety of activities to offer including fishing, boating, overnight camping, and picnicking areas. The lake area provides the following conveniences:

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Wewoka Library

One of the most beautiful small libraries of Oklahoma belongs to Wewoka. Founded in 1929, its architecture is reminiscent of New England. It has been recently renovated, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Whipping Tree

Standing on the lawn of the present day Seminole County Court House is the Whipping Tree where the Seminoles punished their criminals prior to 1907.

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Melvin B. Tolson Heritage Center

African and African-American history and heritage exhibits, art collection and multimedia resources. ...