In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles. These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian wars. Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as “The Unconquered” Seminole Tribe of Florida.
The Big Cypress Shootout – Seminole War Reenactment is held every year in February, and commemorates the Seminole’s struggle and sacrifice to remain in their homeland. The event features authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War.
The events usually lasts three days and includes music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, Seminole Stomp Dancing, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. “Period settlers” from around the country hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era.
It was a real pleasure to be able to meet Moses Jumper, Jr., the main character of the Shootout event. “Bigg” as he is called by his friends, is also is also one of the best Native poets in the world. You can read more about Jumper on this Seminole Tribune Article: Q-and-A with Moses “Bigg Shot” Jumper Jr.
Twenty Journalism students take over the Homeless Voice, the second largest homeless publication in the country, on Labor Day weekend, 2011. They write and photograph stories, and design a special edition of the newspaper in a nearly 21-hour workday.
Florida Atlantic University journalism students go back in time and publish a special edition of the Atlantic Sun student newspaper without using computers. They write stories on manual typewriters and copy edit them in pencil. They shoot with film cameras and develop and print their own photographs. They lay it all out with pica poles and proportion wheels. They experience what it was like 20 years ago.
A collection of narratives of residents of the West Coconut Grove neighborhood during the 2008 historic presidential elections, bringing in underrepresented voices to the forefront of the project. About 40 people documented through audio, photos and video the emotions surrounding Election Day and stories of hope told by a small African American community, who voiced their perspectives and pride on a historic day in American politics. This project won First Place in the Student Interactive Multimedia Group Award in the 2009 Broadcast Education Association’s Student Competitions, and First Place in the 2008 NPPA Multimedia Contest.
My team produced: “Voting Without Fear>” My Role: Photographer
Multimedia project showcasing the performance of Special Olympics athletes during the World Winter Games, in Idaho in February, 2009. The coverage focused on three local points in Idaho – Boise, Sun Valley and McCall – and included more than 2,500 athletes from more than 100 countries in seven winter sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing and Speed Skating.
My team produced: Floor Hockey Videos My Role: Team Leader, Videographer and Editor