did they eat?
Seminole men were good hunters. Fish were
speared from canoes. They caught otter, raccoon, bobcats, turtle,
alligator, and birds. To catch deer, they would burn a patch of grass. When
the new grass grew in, the deer came to feast, and the Seminole caught
They did not tend their crops. The land teemed with food like wild pineapples, mangos,
guava, oranges, and mulberry trees.
Villagers planted crops behind their house and on
nearby hammocks. They did not weed
or fertilize or irrigate. Wild plants mingled with the ones they had
planted. The Seminole planted pumpkins,
pawpaws, and corn.
Corn was the main crop. They used corn to make corn
flour, corn bread, corn pancakes, and even a corn soft drink called
sofkee. Sofkee is still a popular soft drink among the Seminoles on
Sugar: These early people sweetened their food
with sugar cane. To crush the cane and get the sugar, they put wheels
on either end of a wooden pole. The men pushed the pole across
the cane until it shredded.
Houses: Each village had an eating house. This
was the biggest house in the village. The women cooked the food, and
made food for the entire village. Everyone ate together. They did not
have silverware. They ate with their fingers. The two big meals were
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