by Sharon C. Zerkel
little girl's voice rolled down the
ﬁve and dime store aisle toward a
colorfully costumed family, "Hado-ween! Had-o-ween!" She looked at her
mother for conﬁrmation. The young mother
gently corrected her toddler; then quickly
turned to the family with an apology. They
responded with reserved, but understanding
looks and continued with their shopping.
I was that little girl. In the early 1950s my
family had relocated to south Florida. Having
never seen Seminole Indians before, I mistook
their native clothing for Halloween costumes.
I thought they looked wonderful in their bright
costumes. I still do! (Fig. 1)
Fig. 1 (Above) Seminole skirts are from the
1920s-1980s with a 1940s Seminole male doll.
Fig. 2 (Left) James Billie's Swamp Safari
attraction is located in the Everglades.
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