Do you remember TV episodes or movies with Seminole Tribe characters or themes?

 

Again this month, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum sought the assistance of Seminole Tribune readers in the Museum’s “Identifying the Past” column to help us identify a photograph from the Museum’s General Reference Photography Collection. The Photograph shows what appears to be a temporary Seminole campsite. The photograph includes men, women, and children in traditional Seminole dress gathered around a campsite, shelters, cooking utensils and other supplies, and a long canoe in water along rocky canal bank.

This photograph appears to be a picture of a temporary Seminole campsite

Currently, the Museum has no information on this photograph. Some Museum staff suggest that this may be a staged photograph. Could this campsite have been staged just for this photo, or could it possibly have been staged for a TV show or movie?

If it were staged, can anyone identify the TV show or movie?

The Museum has an audiovisual collection of television episodes, documentaries, and movies that contain Seminole related characters or themes. This was a fun collection to catalog! We had to watch all these videos in order to find out if they were relevant to our collection. I have to say that was a unique assignment! But we don’t recognize that photo from any TV episode or movie in our collection.

The TV shows and movies are located here at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in the Audiovisual Collection. This Collection contains hundreds of items from a variety of sources on a wide range of topics. The commercially produced titles in this Collection include:

TV shows with Seminole related episode:  Gentle Ben, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo: The Seminole Mystery, C-SPAN, Great Drives: A1A, Common Ground, Dateline NBC, Today Show, Miss Universe Pageant, Good Morning Show, Broward Teen News, Al Green Show, and Spotlight Tampa.

Documentaries: Lady of the Glades, Black Warriors of the Seminole, Four Corners of Earth, Incredible Adventures of Ransom Clark, This Land, These Men: The Story of Dade’s Battle, Seminoles of the Everglades, Himmarshee: The Legacy of Fort Lauderdale’s New River, Sacred Ground and Shipwrecks: Preserving South Florida’s Archaeological Sites, The Unconquered, Reservation Roulette – Indian Gaming, South Florida Paradise, Celebrating Florida: Works of Art for the Vickers Collection, Seminole Indians, Hidden Worlds of the Big Cypress Swamp, The Way We Were (Are), The Native Americans: The Tribes of the Southeast, How the West was Lost: The Unconquered, How the West was Lost II: The Unconquered, Everglades, Home of the Miccosukee Indian Village, Our Miami: The Magic City, Hidden Worlds of the Big Cypress Swamp, and Florida: The 27th Star.

Movies: Joe Panther, Johnny Tiger, Key Largo, Distant Drums, Porky’s II: The Next Day, South Beach Academy, Treasure of Matecumbe, and Wind Across the Everglades.

Key Largo, AV187.1, Movie includes references to the Seminole Tribe including brothers "John Osceola" and "Tom Osceola"

These titles in the Audiovisual Collect help to complete the picture of how Native Americans, and in particular the Seminole Tribe of Florida, have been portrayed in the past by popular media. Although these portrayals are often not accurate or flattering, they are part of an important record of the history of racial attitudes in this country. All titles are available for research. If you want to watch any of these shows, just make an appointment to use the library!

And now we seek the assistance of the Museum’s Blog readers. Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any information on the above photograph.

And let us know if you’ve heard of additional Seminole related TV shows, documentaries, or movies that we should add to our collection.

 Your assistance will help us to complete our collection of Seminole related audiovisual items.

Thank you!

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6 responses to “Do you remember TV episodes or movies with Seminole Tribe characters or themes?

  1. There was an episode of “The Glades” that was made around the Hard Rock.

    • jameshpowell

      Hello Arlen Payne-

      Thank you for great message. You’re right, there is at least one episode of “The Glades” with references to the Seminole Tribe. Were you thinking of Season 1, Episode 9, “Honey”?

      We double-checked the Museum’s holdings, and verified that we do not have a copy of this. We will search for a good copy, and add to the Audiovisual Collection.

      Thank you!

      While searching for “The Glades”, we did find that the Museum holds copies at least two episodes of a TV series called “The Everglades”, that we did not list in the original blog. This crime-adventure drama series aired from 1961 to 1962, and stared Ron Hayes and Gordon Casell. The titles of these two episodes are “Appointment with Death” and “The Expedition.” Evidently, the series employed Seminole Tribal members behind, and in front of the camera, though references state that few had speaking parts.

      Thank you again, and let us know if you remember any additional TV shows, documentaries, or movies with Seminole characters or themes.

      James
      Ah-Tah-Thi- Ki Museum.

  2. MovieGeek

    What about the films Alligator and Adaptation?

    • jameshpowell

      Hello MovieGeek-

      Thank you for your great suggestions. We do not currently hold either movie.

      We should definitely add “Adaptation,” especially with all of the references during the movie to the Seminole Tribe.

      I have not seen the movie “Alligator”. Do you remember what the connection to the Seminole Tribe is? Evidently, in this movie a vacationing family buys an alligator, Ramon, in Florida before returning with it to Chicago. Is there a connection to the Seminole Tribe where they vacation or buy alligator?

      We will certainly search for a good copy of “Adaptation” to add to the Collection, and let us know about “Alligator.”

      Thank you again,

      James
      Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.

  3. Wonderful post however , I was wanting to know if you
    could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks!

    • jameshpowell

      Hello falastiniah.com-

      Thank you for the great post, many apologies for the delay in replying. We would be happy to write more on this topic, we are always open to blog topic suggestions. We recently noticed a national article that discussed how Native Americans have been portrayed in the movies. We have considered writing a blog or article similar to this, but limited to a few movies in which the Seminole Tribe have been portrayed.

      Let us know if this sounds interesting, and/or let us know what further information on this topic you would like us to write about.

      Thank you again,
      Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.

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