I found this on Youtube. A rare film from 1928 of the Seminoles. It looks staged, and it doesn't look like the buffalo dance that I am familiar with, but it says it was one of four dances that were filmed. But very interesting.
As a side note on the big shirts. I have been thinking of making one for myself, circa 1910. Before patchwork took off with colored stripes instead.
A sewing hint for anyone else thinking of doing the same: I have been looking at examples of all the big shirts. I noticed at the exhibit in Maitland, that in all cases, the seam on the skirt for the big shirt is in front. For the Seminole crafts, sometimes their persectives and ideas of doing things are different than ours. I would have never thought to put the seam in front.
Was that the I.S. K. Reeves collection; The Seminole Art of The Seminole 1820 -1950? I sit on the Board of a little museum in Stuart and stopped by today to chat. We got to talking about our new website and the subject of Seminoles came up. Our Executive Director then tells me she had been to Maitland to see the exhibit and proceeded to pull out the exhibit magazine..wow, I am so sorry I did not get up there to see it. I am in awe of the clothing. She actually fingered a couple of them and agrees with you on the seam. One of her specialties is quilts, and she said she was rather surprised at the "machine" stitching and how wide it was. Said it wouldn't lend itself to durability and that she thought they would be in constant repair, I just wrote the museum up there and asked for a copy of the magazine.. prolly won't have any left, but it is worth a try.
The video is wonderful, thanks for putting it up for us. I'm working on getting a friend to rip it so I can have a copy.