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Abraham was a prominent Black Seminole in Florida in the mid-1800s. He was the leader of the Alachua Maroons and the interpreter and an adviser of Principal Chief Mikkoanapa.


Legend of the Snake Clan

Painted by Seminole/Creek Master Artist Enoch Kelly Haney early in his career, “Legend of the Snake Clan” tells the story of two men hunting for food in the Everglades. Groundbreaking at the time for its visual depiction of sacred Seminole legends, the artwork is now one of the most important and popular paintings in the Seminole Nation Museum’s permanent collection. Read More

Greater Seminole Oil Field

During statehood in 1907, the lands that were the Seminole Nation, Indian Territory essentially became Seminole County, Oklahoma. No one had any idea of the tremendous wealth that lay under the thickets and scrub oaks that covered most of the land. In fact, most people believed the land to be worthless. Thus, it was with great irony that the region to which the Seminoles were removed after arduous physical and political strife eventually became the center of the Greater Seminole Oil Field. Read More

The Seminole Lighthorsemen

In the days before statehood, the law of the Seminole Nation was enforced by a rugged, determined and much-feared group of men known as Lighthorsemen. Numbering approximately ten able men, the force usually consisted of a Captain, a Lieutenant and eight Privates. Read More

Return from Exile

National Traveling Exhibition

January 17-April 29, 2017

The Seminole Nation Museum is honored to be hosting "Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art," a national traveling exhibition of over 40 modern Native American artworks. 
Within the first 40 years of the 19th century, almost all of the original inhabitants of the southeastern United States—the Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees and Seminoles—had been removed, either voluntarily or forcibly, to new lands in what is now the state of Oklahoma. In a stunning triumph of ethnic cleansing, the U.S. government’s policy of removal of Indian tribes from their ancestral homelands succeeded in uprooting and relocating whole tribal cultures to a strange and distant Indian Territory in the West. For almost 200 years now, that strange and distant territory has been home to the “Five Civilized Tribes”— while the original homelands in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and the Carolinas have in large part become a distant memory only recalled through historic documents and oral tradition.

But has that memory, that connection to place of origin, really disappeared? How do contemporary Southeastern Native peoples see themselves in light of the historic events of removal and displacement? Do these historic events still have an affect on lives today? These are the questions this exhibition seeks to address, through responses and reactions to the themes of Removal, Return, and Resilience, presented by a premier group of 32 contemporary Southeastern Native American artists.


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Meet the Artists

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2107 

Join us for our Opening Reception & Artist Meet and Greet this Saturday, February 4, 2107 as we celebrate the national traveling exhibition, "Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art." Experience the 44 pieces of modern Native American art on display and visit with several of the gifted artists whose works are part of the exhibition. 

The event will be held at the Seminole Nation Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. 

For more information, contact the museum at 405-257-5580 or via e-mail at

Welcome to the Seminole Nation Museum

The Seminole Nation Museum documents and interprets the history and culture of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the people and events that make its capital, Wewoka, one of the most historically significant and culturally diverse communities in Oklahoma. Through the use of select artifacts, historic photographs and interpretive exhibits, the events and stories that shaped the home of the Seminoles for more than a century are chronicled in a captivating, educational and enlightening experience.