Seminole Native Americans - Law and Order Illustration

Daily Life in Olden Times
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Everglades Seminole Native Americans
Law and Order

The Seminole believed that you took care of your own, and you punished your own. If a Seminole broke a Seminole law, the clan of the offender inflicted the punishment.

Scarring: In the old days, the Seminole would cut deep scratches in their arms and legs. These cuts would be given for punishment and also for purification. Cuts were deep and arranged in a line.

A Young Maiden Disappears: Not all punishment was scarring. Once, in the 1930's, a young girl wanted to go to the Indian school run by the whites. Her clan allowed her to do so. White children attended this school as well. There was only one schoolhouse.

One day, this young girl put on a bathing suit and went swimming with her white friends. Her clan heard about it.

That young girl disappeared into the Everglades for six months. When she reappeared, she was wearing 3 long skirts, one puffy sleeve blouse, a neck wrapped with beads, and she behaved as a young Seminole lady should behave.

Everyone had to obey the rules. If you broke them, you were punished. Punishment was swift. In rare cases of very serious crime - if you killed someone, for example - your own clan would hunt you down and kill you.

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