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Author West, Patsy, 1947-
Title The enduring Seminoles : from alligator wrestling to ecotourism / Patsy West.
Imprint Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1998.

Author West, Patsy, 1947-
Series The Florida history and culture series
Florida history and culture series.
Subject Mikasuki Indians -- Economic conditions.
Seminole Indians -- Economic conditions.
Mikasuki Indians -- Ethnic identity.
Seminole Indians -- Ethnic identity.
Tourism -- Florida.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 150 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-135) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Foreword / Raymond Arsenault and Gary Mormino -- 1. The End of an Era -- 2. The Beginnings of an Industry -- 3. The Business of Hype -- 4. The Statistics of an Exhibition Economy -- 5. Traditions on Exhibition -- 6. Saurians and Seminoles -- 7. Commercial Wares -- 8. Expositions, Fairs, and Failures -- 9. Media Chiefs, Politicians, and Councilmen.
Summary Early in this century, the Native Americans known as the Florida Seminoles struggled to survive in an environment altered by the drainage of the Everglades and a dwindling demand for hides. Patsy West describes how they turned to tourism and discovered another marketable commodity - their own culture. Though their exhibition economy originally was condemned by the government, it provided income for families as well as a lasting cultural identity for the people. Today, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida promote their tourist activities to world-wide markets as "cultural heritage and ecotourism."
Illustrated with thirty evocative photographs, West's book supplies an original and colorful social and economic history of an unconquered people. Often told in the words of the many Seminoles whom West interviewed, this book is the only one available on the topic of the cultural tourism activities of an Indian tribe.
Note English.
ISBN 0813018641 (electronic bk.)
9780813018645 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 48139705
Additional Format Print version: West, Patsy, 1947- Enduring Seminoles. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©1998 0813016339 (DLC) 98026996 (OCoLC)39313486

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