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For our school day at Collier-Seminole this next week, we are looking for stories to read to the children. We want to get some Seminole stories to read them. Problem is, that the stories themselves are not made for modern kids. I am sure they were fine when they were told generations ago, when the Seminoles lived each day when they might be killed the next, so it was okay to tell about things that involved death and uncertainty. That is how they lived back then. If you weren't careful, you might go out tomorrow and be gored by a bear. Or end up dead, and nobody was sure what caused it. So when you live in those situations, stories involving death or disembowelment are not too far from the truth of what might happen.

So most all of the stories we heard or looked at involve things we don't usually see on Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel. A lot of Seminole stories have the main character end up dead, maimed, disemboweled, blood splattered all over the place, or transformed into a giant snake. Sex is involved in some of these stories too, so I am not going to tell why I would think twice before putting tobacco to my lips.

So, different culture, different types of stories. Growing up in the wilderness before modern society, things like death were natural and happened often. So the stories probably didn't bother the kids. Society has changed.
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On February 17th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
legends of the seminoles bmj
Does this include Betty Mae Jumper's
Legends of the Seminoles story collection published by Pineapple Press?
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On February 19th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC), seminolewar replied:
Re: legends of the seminoles bmj
That is one of the better books, and geared more towards a younger reading audience. I have a copy of that one myself. I have seen it in most every library, and you can check it out. I recommend that one, though it is pricey.

The largest collection of stories are "Myths and Legends of the Southeastern Indians" by John Swanton, reprinted numerous times and probably still available. That book is a anthropological work, not found in the kids books.

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