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The Florida Folklife Reader$
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Tina Bucuvalas

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031403

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031403.001.0001

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The Seminole Family Camp

The Seminole Family Camp

(p.84) The Seminole Family Camp
The Florida Folklife Reader

Ormond H. Loomis

University Press of Mississippi

The chickee, the traditional Seminole Indian building, is a classic example of a traditional Florida building type. A part of Seminole life for a long time, it provides an environment for the Seminole Folklife Area at the Florida Folk Festival. To showcase several Seminole traditions, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has constructed a temporary family camp on the festival grounds. Crafts and foodways complement the building tradition itself. This chapter examines chickee architecture and the Seminoles’ family camp and their role in Seminole folklife in Florida. It first describes the form and construction of chickees and types of chickees, before turning to a discussion of their cultural associations and transitions.

Keywords:   chickees, Seminoles, Florida, Seminole Folklife Area, Florida Folk Festival, family camp, foodways, building tradition, folklife, Seminole Tribe

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