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Legends of the Seminoles  Betty Mae JumperLegends of the Seminoles
Betty Mae Jumper, Peter Gallagher
Paintings by Guy LaBree

Hardback $24.95 ISBN: 1-56164-033-6 Size: 8.5 x 11 96 Pages 23 color paintings
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Late at night around the campfires, Seminole children safely tucked into mosquito nets used to listen to the elders retelling the old stories and legends. Now these priceless legends of mischievious Rabbit, the Corn Lady, the Deer Girl, and all the creatures of the Florida Everglades are written down for the first time for all to enjoy. These rich tales impart valuable lessons about living in harmony with nature and about why the world is the way it is. Readers of all ages will delight in these images about the way of life and beliefs of the Seminoles of Florida, a nation with relatively few members but with a rich and vital heritage.

What does lighting mean? Where did corn come from? Why do rabbits have cotton tails? The answers to life's mysteries have been explained through legend and myth all over the world in every culture. Only a few Seminole Indian communities exist in Florida today, but the rich tradition of Seminole stories and legends continues to be handed down from elders to children. In the days when long evenings were spent atround campfires, children listened to their parents and grandparents tell tales about the many characters—human, animal, and spirit—who acted out important lessons about living in the natural world of the Florida Everglades and helped explain why the world is the way it is. The characters in these stories face tests and adventures that teach them—and their listeners—not only how to survive in a difficult world, but also how to live honorably and harmoniously in it.

"No Florida bookshelf is complete unless Betty Mae Jumper is there—in the form of her first book, Legends of the Seminoles."—Jan Florence Godown, KIDS the Family Magazine

Betty Mae Jumper is currently Director of Communications for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. She was the first Seminole Indian to graduate from high shool, and has spent most of her career in tribal government positions, including tribal chairman and editor of the Seminole Tribune.

Peter Gallagher has been writing about Florida for over 25 years and has a special fondness for Seminole history and legend. Currently he is Special Projects Writer and Producer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Guy LaBree is a full-time artist, specializing in historical, legendary, and wildlife subjects. He has won many awards and his paintings have been exhibited all over the state including in the Capitol in Tallahassee.

Hardback $24.95 ISBN: 1-56164-033-6 Size: 8.5 x 11 96 Pages 23 color paintings

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Paperback $18.95 ISBN: 1-56164-040-9 Size: 8.5 x 11 96 Pages 23 color paintings

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