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By Carrie Dilley

“Takes us on a trip to the center and soul of Seminole life—the chickee. Dilley ably navigates archaeology, structure, and oral background to inform the tale of the Seminole residence, from its origins, via its patience within the face of modernization, and finishing with a glimpse into the future.”—Ryan Wheeler, director, Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology
 
“Here we've as shut as we will be able to get to an inside of view of lifestyles in a chickee and the folks who made them.”—Brent Weisman, co-editor of The Florida Journals of Frank Hamilton Cushing
 

sooner than and through the Seminole Wars, the Seminoles normally used chickee huts as hideouts and shelters. yet within the 20th century, the govt. deemed the abodes “primitive” and “unfit.” instead of circulate into non-chickee housing, the Seminoles started to modernize and feature persevered to conform the thatched roof buildings to satisfy the desires in their present lifestyles.

at the present time, chickees can nonetheless be came across all through tribal land, yet they're not basic flats. as an alternative, they're outfitted to educate humans approximately Seminole lifestyles and background and to motivate tribal early life to mirror on that element in their tradition. In Thatched Roofs and Open Sides, Carrie Dilley unearths the layout, development, historical past, and cultural importance of the chickee, the original Seminole constitution made up of palmetto and cypress.

Dilley interviews developers and surveys over chickees at the titanic Cypress Indian Reservation, illustrating how the multipurpose constitution has constructed through the years to satisfy the altering wishes of the Seminole Tribe.

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8 Otherwise, the leaves will become too brittle and will break when you weave them together. The leaves turn from a bright tan color to a dull tan when they have completely dried out. Thatching is an inherently creative craft that allows for personality and creativity among builders, but it can also reflect familial influence. Thatching techniques are often passed down from generation to generation, a practice that helps build family ties and promotes community togetherness and bonding. For the Seminoles, thatching skills are transmitted through cultural systems and are the result of clan members coming together to build the structures for their camps.

He grew up in a chickee and remembers that it became quite uncomfortable during the rainy season and during winter when they only had a sheet of canvas to block the wind. Although Joe Dan is a tribal senior, he has only been building chickees for the last thirty years. He did not learn chickee building as a child like most other builders, and in fact he did not learn it at all until he married his second wife, Virginia, who came from a very traditional background. 1 Joe Dan commented that he was a very creative builder in his prime.

There is a place in the hut building world for both chickees and other structures as long as each structure is clearly marketed with its proper origin. 1. Bobby Henry (left) and Danny Wilcox (right) with a dugout canoe—Tampa, Florida. Bobby Henry, one of the most highly regarded Seminole tribal elders, was born in 1937, deep in the woods near Ochopee on the Tamiami Trail. He started building chickees at thirteen years of age, assisting his dad to “get the income coming in” and to help support his family.

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