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Man spearing turtle.  "1910"

Seminole man standing in a dugout canoe and holding a speared turtle. Man wears a foksikco bi, or big shirt, consisting of a full calf-length skirt and full long-sleeved body gathered and sewn to a waistband, yoke and cuffs. It is made from solid colored cotton cloth consisting of a white/beige background with broad and narrow stripes in maroon. Photographed at Charlie Tigertail's camp. This hand colored lantern slide is the mirror image of the original negative. Painted colors may not accurately depict the garments and/or scene.

Courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian

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3.25 x 4 in.


American Indians, Florida, Native Americans, North America, Seminole, Southeast

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Everglades, Big Cypress Swamp





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In 1910, anthropologist Alanson B. Skinner was sent by the American Museum of Natural History in New York to conduct ethnographic field research on the Seminole people of the Florida Everglades. Both Skinner and professional photographer Julian A. Dimock photographed this expedition. In 1916, Skinner joined the staff of the Museum of the American Indian and probably used this and other lantern slides for public lectures. He may have donated the images to MAI or they may have been found among his things following his sudden death in 1925.

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