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.
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.
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.