218 Westminster Rd.,
West Palm Beach, Fla.
May 89, 1964.
Myr. Williarm C. Sturtevant,
C/0 Department of Anthropology,
65 Hillhouse Ave.,
New Tivon, Conn.
I've been going to write you for months, but you
know how it is with intentions like that. And I've been
going to thank you for the signed copy of your contribution
to Tequesta, which I found most interesting. And now I
have gotten around to doing it, I haven't the lightest
idea where you are, but I suppose the above will reach you.
I'vo been seeing an number of our mutual friends, I
havo done an article for the Geographic to illustrate which
they sent dow. a photographer. I have been working with him
.all over txhe Seminole Nation, but not too much along the
Trail where Buffalo Tiger was stepped up to group interpreter
to offset Mikeo Cscoola who got completely out of hand and ob-
sessed wit> his oinm importance. Buffalo, in turn, fell into the
clutches of fa lawyer named Morton Silver, without whose advice
he won't make a move. Between thea they've got IngrRamun Billy
and the rest completely cormneroialized. For a consideration
they let tolovioion and photographers into Ingrahiam's Corn
Dancre, which is just ovor.
They have organized themselves into a "General Council
of the Miccasuki Seminole," and Silver has drawn up their coal
stitution in legal form They had Sam Jones raped into their
schemes, but I don't think he4approved of thoir last move in
broadcasting the Green Corn Dance. I think I'll get some ideas
on this tomorrow when I'm driving up to Hilolo to have a talk
with Sam Jones and his two assistants, Oscar Hoe and Frank
Francos Deonmo.re has been down here recently doing some
more work. I've been in correspondence with her. She wanted
more details on my statement that for "just dances" the lea&er
could make up the words as he went along. She said she'd never
heard of it with any of thie Indians. She got me worried so I bha
to cheek and found I wns right.
Holt is publishing my boy's book on the opening of
the Sominole \mr and the Florida frontier. It will be on their
Spring '55 list. The White Moocasins.
I have done a hundred thousand words on an alulf
novel of tlh.e same period and am almost finished with it.
My agent had been talklin it up to noubleday, 'oran.
Have you finished your thesis yet rand how are things
with you anyway? I expected you down to rank-c your collection
for the Seminole Museum, nnd was disappointed when you didn't
come at least, I think you didn't.
Theodore Pratt has done rtageant on a glorified life
of Osceola, which the University$ of Miami published and
which hi- hopes to have staged. Last summer he turned it into
n paper back at 25 cents which you may have seen under the
Old George Osceola went up with the Morton Silver -
Buffalo Tiger delegation on the withdrawal movement hearing
in Washington and has been in the hospital ever since. Old
Susie Gopher died over a hundred the Indians say.
Ingranam Billy had his Green Corn Dance about three
weeks ago. olhn Osceola begins his next monday aiming for
this next "little moon." Sam Johes will have his the "little
'Please romembor me to your wife andc tell her the dun-
dnaltu tree sends itd regards too, And drop no a line what's
going on with you.