In 2013 the Museum received a letter from Frank and Raquel Wood. Accompanying the letter was a DVD with pictures, taken on the Big Cypress Reservation, and pages of memories. The following is excerpted from those pages. In August 1954 we arrived in our new home on the Big Cypress Reservation.
A few years ago, while on a search for Seminole materials and music recordings at institutions around the globe, I came across records too important to dismiss – the Bureau of Indian Affairs Seminole removal records. The National Anthropological Archives in Washington, D.C. holds these documents from the Seminole War
Known as “Mr. Self-Determination,” Howard Ernest Tommie was the third elected chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida after the signing of its constitution and corporate charter. Because, among other things, he attended Chilocco Indian School and Okeechobee High School and worked for a rancher as a high school sophomore,