THE SEMINOLE by Merwyn S. Garbarino


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Less successful that Graymont's The Iroquois in the same series (see below), this survey of the Seminole Nation moves quickly through the past to focus on the 20th century. While some of the information here is not easily found elsewhere, it lacks the luster and incident of earlier history, and Garbarino presents it in a pedantic style, using difficult vocabulary. A section of eight color pages of Seminole patchwork is disappointing, missing the delight of the tricky piecing that makes this craft unique. The Smithsonian's Handbook of North American Indians (on a comparable reading level) has an excellent, more detailed volume on Northeast Indians; the Seminole will soon be covered in the Southeast volume. Until then, this will do as a source for basic information and for school reports. Both The Iroquois and The Seminole have the same dull, generic introduction by Frank W. Porter III. Glossary, bibliography, index.

Pub Date: Dec. 6th, 1988
Page count: 110pp
Publisher: Chelsea House