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Seminole/Miccosukee Art


Any general work, and many narrowly focused articles addressing the Florida Seminole and Miccosukee Indians mention their extraordinary clothing, especially patchwork. Dress is the dominant art form for these native peoples. Since the late 1970s several “how-to” books have been published which are devoted exclusively to the “Seminole” patchwork technique. But until now, a book length treatment of the “Art of the Florida Seminole and Miccosukee Indians” has been lacking. Dorothy Downs has assembled in a single volume an ambitious collection of comments and pictorial evidence on all forms of Seminole/Miccosukee art. Extracting material from the historical record, she has added her personal observations of museum collections and the information gleaned from a number of Seminoles and Miccosukees. Unfortunately the result is often characterized by carelessness and conjecture.