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Native Wewokan Chester Pittman became the first black football player to letter at Oklahoma State University more that 50 years ago in the fall of 1957.


Seminole Freedman

Though not widely known, the story of the Black Seminoles is deeply rooted in the fabric of American history. Fleeing plantations in the American South, slaves first began making their way to Spanish Florida in the late 1600s, when Spain offered freedom to fugitives who agreed to defend the Spanish crown. Just north of St. Augustine, black refugees from British America founded the settlement of Mose, the first legally sanctioned free black town in North America. Read More

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

Long Swamp, Life in the Etowah River Valley

National Traveling Exhibition

In Residence at The Seminole Nation Museum from now until the end of the year.  Come Visit!

The Seminole Nation Museum is honored to be hosting this interpretive project which brings archeological collections from the University of West Georgia Archeological Laboratory and makes them accessible to the Native communities which once resided at the Long Swamp site in northwestern Georgia. 
Originally discovered in 1938 by Robert Wauchope, excavations recovered the remains of a pre-contact village with Woodland, Mississippian and Protohistoric components.  This exhibit focuses on the Mississippian communities that were ancestral to Seminole and Creek Muskoke cultures. Over 80 artifacts from the site and reproductions (cultural items) are showcased.  Items from the Seminole Nation Museum's collection which relate to the exhibit are also on display.  An interactive digital component allows visitors to view videos, explore 3D digital artifacts, and contribute their own voice and stories to the exhibit. 
To view a 3 minute video describing the exhibit, visit:



LONG SWAMP, Life in the Etowah Valley ... TOUR Options

SELF-GUIDED:  This National Touring Exhibit includes a self-guided tour option using your smart phone's ability to scan codes on the exhibits.  To take advantage of this option, just download a free QR Scanner app from your phone's app store.  
GUIDED TOURS:  The Seminole Nation Museum offers guided tours to groups by appointment only.  School groups wishing to tour should reserve your spot as early as possible as the Long Swamp exhibit leaves the museum at the end of 2018.  
FOR CHILDREN:  Families touring the Long Swamp Exhibit will be able to share the fun with their school age children with a printed, multiple choice and short answer "Scavenger Hunt" beginning in mid-June.  Simply request a copy of the Long Swamp Hunt from Museum Staff at no charge.  It is designed to help children learn about the cultural elements of the exhibit while having fun at the same time.
Please call or e-mail with questions and/or to reserve a tour date and time:

405.257.5580 or [email protected]



Seminole State College

Thursday, March 9, 2107 

"Return from Exile" Exhibition will be the topic of discussion at the Haney Center Lecture Hall, Seminole State College, 2701 Blvd., 6 pm.  Panelists include artists and co-curators Bobby C. Martin and Tony A. Tiger, Heather Ahtone (James T. Bialac, Assistant Curator of Native American & Non-Western Art for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma) and Dr. Mary Jo Watson (Director Emerit6us and Regents' Professor, School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma).  The Print Action Workshop will follow the panel discussion and participants will move to Rm. 102 in the Colclazier Bldg.  Randi Narcomey-Watson, Seminole/Muscogee-Creek mixed media artist, will join Martin and Tiger in leading the workshop.  Participants need to bring T-shirts or other articles on which to print.

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


Print Action Activity for the whole family

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Holdenville Society of Painters & Sculptors Gallery, 118 N. Broadway Street, Holdenville, OK, 74848.

This is a free event and open to the public. Print Action will begin at 2:30pm and is expected to close around 3 or 3:30.
led by three Return from Exile artists. Participants will bring a tee shirt or an other item to print on. All other supplies will be furnished. This is a fun family activity so, come and enjoy the day. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must preregister for this event by contacting the Seminole Nation Museum using the contact information above.