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A Seminole legend : the life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper /
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper and Patsy West.
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2001.
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xv, 198 p. : ill., map.
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0813022851
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2001.
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0813022851
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4603413
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, director of communications for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and coauthor of Legends of the Seminoles as Told by Betty Mae Jumper, served from 1967 to 1971 as tribal chair of the Florida Seminoles, the only Florida Seminole woman ever so elected. She has received numerous honors, including a Florida Department of State Folklife Heritage Award and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Florida State University (both in 1994). In 1997 she received the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever presented by the Native American Journalists Association and was named Woman of the Year by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. She lives in Hollywood and Big Cypress, Florida. Patsy West, director of the Seminole/Miccosukee Photographic Archive in Ft. Lauderdale, is a noted ethnohistorian and an active preservationist. She has won awards for her historical series "Reflections," published in the Seminole Tribune since 1985, and is author of The Enduring Seminoles: From Alligator Wrestling to Ecotourism (1998), which received the Harry T. and Harriet V. Moore Award from the Florida Historical Society for best social and ethnographic history and a certificate of commendation from the American Association of State and Local Historians. She lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2002-06-01:
Tenacity, compassion, leadership, and productivity mark Jumper's life. Raised within the home of her grandfather, a Seminole medicine man turned gospel preacher, Jumper felt an early calling to nursing while observing her mother's practice of midwifery. Her compelling desire to read English resulted from a childhood encounter with "funny books"; from this humble beginning, she began to acquire the education and skills needed to serve the Seminole people. As a Public Health nurse, Jumper covered miles of Florida back roads, bringing home care services to far-flung Seminole families while increasing her knowledge of tribal customs and legends. Instrumental in the founding of the tribe's first newspaper, Jumper eventually was elected tribal chairman and remains a highly regarded repository of tribal song and legend (see her colorfully illustrated Legends of the Seminoles, 1994). In this autobiography, the words of Jumper and coauthor Patsy West are delineated by typeface--a device that makes sources clear but can lead to disruption in text flow. However, the book contains excellent documentation of facts about Florida Seminole history, missionary activities within the tribe, and the tribe's progression from poverty to financial strength. Jumper received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Florida State University in 1994. All levels and collections. V. Giglio Florida Atlantic University
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With A Seminole Legend, Betty Mae Jumper joins the ranks of Native American women who are coming forward to tell their life experiences. This collaboration between Jumper & Patsy West, an ethnohistorian who contributes general tribal history, is a rare & authentic account of a pioneering Florida Seminole family. It will take its place in Seminole literature, historical & anthropological studies, Florida history, women's history, & Native American studies. Betty Mae Tiger was born in 1923 to a Seminole Indian mother & a French trapper father, a fair-skinned half-breed who was nearly put to death at age five by tribal medicine men. Her inspiring autobiography is the story of the most decorated member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida--a political activist, former nurse, & alligator wrestler, who today has her own web site. Jumper is also a beloved story-teller, renowned for passing along tribal legends. In this book she describes her family's early conversion to Christianity & discusses such topics as miscegenation, war & atrocities, the impact of encroaching settlement on traditional peoples, & the development of the Dania/Hollywood Reservation. She became the first formally educated Florida Seminole, attending a government boarding school in Cherokee, North Carolina, where at age 14 she learned to speak English.
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With A Seminole Legend, Betty Mae Jumper joins the ranks of Native American women who are coming forward to tell their life experiences. This collaboration between Jumper and Patsy West, an ethnohistorian who contributes general tribal history, is a rare and authentic account of a pioneering Florida Seminole family. It will take its place in Seminole literature, historical and anthropological studies, Florida history, women's history, and Native American studies.Betty Mae Tiger was born in 1923 to a Seminole Indian mother and a French trapper father, a fair-skinned half-breed who was nearly put to death at age five by tribal medicine men. Her inspiring autobiography is the story of the most decorated member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida -- a political activist, former nurse, and alligator wrestler, who today has her own web site.Jumper is also a beloved story-teller, renowned for passing along tribal legends. In this book she describes her family's early conversion to Christianity and discusses such topics as miscegenation, war and atrocities, the impact of encroaching settlement on traditional peoples, and the development of the Dania/Hollywood Reservation. She became the first formally educated Florida Seminole, attending a government boarding school in Cherokee, North Carolina, where at age 14 she learned to speak English.
Main Description
With A Seminole Legend, Betty Mae Jumper joins the ranks of Native American women who are coming forward to tell their life experiences. This collaboration between Jumper and Patsy West, an ethnohistorian who contributes general tribal history, is a rare and authentic account of a pioneering Florida Seminole family. It will take its place in Seminole literature, historical and anthropological studies, Florida history, women's history, and Native American studies. Betty Mae Tiger was born in 1923 to a Seminole Indian mother and a French trapper father, a fair-skinned half-breed who was nearly put to death at age five by tribal medicine men. Her inspiring autobiography is the story of the most decorated member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida--a political activist, former nurse, and alligator wrestler, who today has her own web site. Jumper is also a beloved story-teller, renowned for passing along tribal legends. In this book she describes her family's early conversion to Christianity and discusses such topics as miscegenation, war and atrocities, the impact of encroaching settlement on traditional peoples, and the development of the Dania/Hollywood Reservation. She became the first formally educated Florida Seminole, attending a government boarding school in Cherokee, North Carolina, where at age 14 she learned to speak English. Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, director of communications for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and coauthor of Legends of the Seminoles as Told by Betty Mae Jumper, served from 1967 to 1971 as the Florida Seminole tribal chair, the only Florida Seminole woman ever elected. She has received numerous honors, including a Florida Department of State Folklife Heritage Award and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Florida State University (both in 1994). In 1997 she received the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever presented by the Native American Journalists Association and was named Woman of the Year by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. She lives in Hollywood and Big Cypress, Florida. Patsy West, director of the Seminole/Miccosukee Photographic Archive in Ft. Lauderdale, is a noted ethnohistorian and an active preservationist. She has won awards for her historical series "Reflections," published in the Seminole Tribune since 1985, and is the author of The Enduring Seminoles: From Alligator Wrestling to Ecotourism (UPF, 1998), which received the Harry T. and Harriet V. Moore Award for best social and ethnographic history from the Florida Historical Society and a certificate of commendation from the American Association of State and Local Historians. She lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Table of Contents
First Prefacep. vii
Second Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Authors' Notep. xv
The Snake Clan Returns to Floridap. 1
The Tustenuggees and the Bluefields Massacrep. 8
Captain Tom Tigerp. 17
The Indian Missionaries' First Trip to Floridap. 26
Outlaws, Missionaries, and Medicine Men at Indiantownp. 34
Big City Islandp. 45
Our Seminole Waysp. 52
A Childhood of Tears and Pranksp. 57
The Reservation Schoolp. 64
Grandpa, the Church, and Traditionsp. 71
My Goal: To Go to Schoolp. 101
Cherokee Boarding Schoolp. 107
Nursingp. 119
War and Marriagep. 131
Termination: A Wake-up Callp. 136
Reservation Improvementsp. 144
The Seminole Indian Newsp. 150
Hail to the Chiefp. 156
A Legend in Her Own Timep. 167
Epiloguep. 171
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 185
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