In 1930, special agent Roy Nash entered the swamps of the Everglades and came face-to-face with a Seminole Indian. Sent by the United States government to conduct a survey of Florida's indigenous population, Nash traveled for nine hours "through mud and moonlight" in search of a Seminole village. In the opening page of his report to Congress, Nash painted a vivid portrait of Florida's remaining Indians. Standing with a poised spear in a dugout canoe, Nash's archetypal Seminole was an "astounding anachronism," "a primitive hunter 30 miles from a center of industrial civilization." Clothed in a brightly-colored, knee-length shirt, belted at the waist, this Seminole was "a man apart."1
Adams, Mikaela M.
"Savage Foes, Noble Warriors, and Frail Remnants: Florida Seminoles in the White Imagination, 1865-1934,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 87:
3, Article 6.
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