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.

For more information about this event visit their website: www.bcshootout.com

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