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Date: Friday, April 9, 1999 
Question/Topic: state seal 
Answer/Pointer: Information on the state seal can be found at the following Web address: Although there is a persistent rumor that the Indian is a likeness of Milly Francis (a heroine who saved a white militiaman during the First Seminole War), the female Indian does not represent a particular person, but can be read as a tribute to earlier residents of the area. As you will see in the history of the seal, the Indian in earlier versions of the seal was dressed in the costume of Indians of the Great Plains, and although in a dress wore a feather headdress worn only by males. I have spoken to Dr. Patricia Wickman, historian of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, about the statue. She says that there is no such thing as a Seminole priestess. There are shamans or medicine men or women, but she knows of no statue of one. She mentioned that in the 1950s and 60s there was a Museum of the American Indian at Marathon in the Florida Keys. Portions of the collection were sent to other museums when the museum closed. You might want to contact the library in Marathon to see if they have any information on the museum's collection. George Dolzeal Branch Monroe County Public Library System 3251 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050 305-743-5156 The new museum of the Seminole Tribe is called Ah-Tha-Ti-Ki. 
Librarian: SLF 

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