The weapons used by the Seminole included, war clubs, knives, gunstock clubs, bows and arrows, spears and axes. The Europeans introduced muskets and then rifles.
In a June 8, 2000, guest editorial in the Tallahassee Democrat, Bill Durham wrote that “many Seminoles painted themselves, were great warriors and did indeed use tomahawks, guns, knives, sharpened spears and any other weapons that were available to them. They rode horses for hunting and war.
Tools included hide scrapers, such as knives or crooked knives. Other tools included hammer stones, utility hammers, mauls and drills. Native Indian tools were made from various raw materials such as wood, stone, bone, antlers. The material used helped determine the method of construction.
The Seminole invented several instruments. One was a sugar cane flute. It had four holes cut in it to vary notes. They made coconut shell rattles, and used small drums mostly for ceremonial use.
Art of the Florida Seminole and Misccosukee Indians In addition to clothing and finger-woven or bead-embroidered accessories, their arts and crafts–most often practiced by women–include pottery, basketry, and doll making.
The Seminoles of Florida call themselves the “Unconquered People,” descendants of just 300 Indians who managed to elude capture by the U.S. army in the 19th century.
“All season, we watched Braves fans use the ‘Tomahawk Chop’ and chant racist remarks. This is unacceptable; these actions by the fans, encouraged by the team and its leadership, perpetuate the dehumanization of Native Americans and reinforce stereotyping and prejudice among non-Native people.
Rock, wood, bone, shells, and animal skin were all used for tools, weapons, and building supplies. The Cherokee lived in wattle and daub style houses of sticks and mud. The Catawba and Yemassee lived in wigwams of tree bark and deer skins.
The weapons used by the Blackfoot tribe included bows and arrows, war clubs, spears, lances and knives. They also used shields made of buffalo hides for protection.
Native American weapons included Tomahawks, Axes, The Lance, bow and arrows, Shields, knives, Atlatl – spear throwers, Spear, Blowguns, War clubs, Arrowheads, Battle Hammers, Jawbone clubs and Slingshots.
In the past, Seminole kids had more chores and less time to play, just like early colonial children. But they did have palmetto dolls and wooden toys, and teenage Seminole boys liked to play ball games like, similar to the Iroquois game of lacrosse.
Seminole music is the music of the Seminole people, an indigenous people of the Americas who formed in Florida in the 18th century. Their traditional music includes extensive use of rattles, hand drums, water drums, and flutes.
The Seminoles are said to believe that life spins in a circle, beginning in the east, then north, west and south. The bands of color in the flag symbolize those points of the compass: yellow for east, red for north, black for west, and white for south.
Seminole Indians lived in a home called a Chickee. A chickee was a house built on stilts usually about three or four feet above the ground. A chickee was usually about nine feet wide and sixteen feet long, with a wooden platform which served as the floor and a thatched roof.
Before the turn of the century, Seminole turned to outside traders for tobacco and foodstuffs like coffee and sugar, sometimes paying with currency, sometimes bartering. Today, almost all transactions take place in stores within the money economy.
The 20th century saw the re-emergence of those Florida Seminoles who had resisted removal, and survived economically by selling plumes, hides, fish and game to whites on the edges of the Everglades, at trading posts like Smallwood in Chokoloskee, Brown’s Boat Landing in Big Cypress, and Stranahan in Fort Lauderdale.