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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. Each served for a term of four years. The duties of the Lighthorse ranged from escorting shipments of Tribal monies to exacting the swift and terrible punishments of the Nation - execution at the foot of a narrow oak tree or a multitude of lashes under the arm of the famous “Seminole Whipping Tree.” It was a dangerous job, as four Lighthorsemen were known to have been killed before statehood.

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Seminole History and Culture Classes

08/14/2019
Due to the popularity of our January-February sessions, the Seminole Nation Museum has approved hosting a second round of Seminole history and culture classes beginning Saturday, March 16, 2019. The free classes, which are open to the public, will be conducted Saturdays at the museum and will run from March 16 through April 20. The course will present the genesis of the Seminole people and their origins as Mvskoke mound builders. We will examine their evolu Read More

P.L.A.Y Day | Pioneer Learning for Area Youth

Friday, October 25th, 2019

This month of October will become home to a new celebration, as the Seminole Nation Museum prepares for its First Annual P.L.A.Y Day (Pioneer Learning for Area Youth). On Friday the 25th, children from several schools will gather at the Museum grounds for a day of fun and learning, as demonstrators exhibit a wide variety of trades including soap-making, fur-trading, and sorghum making. The event will be held the day before the 44th Annual Sorghum Day 

 

 

44th Annual Sorghum Festival 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The age-old art of sorghum making is celebrated each fall in Wewoka at the community’s annual Sorghum Festival. Originated by the Wewoka Rotary Club in 1976 to promote the Seminole Nation Museum, the event has grown to become one of Oklahoma’s premier attractions, drawing crowds of visitors from across the US and abroad.

Made by boiling the raw juice squeezed from sorghum cane, the thick, amber...

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Museum attending Seminole Nation Days

The Seminole Nation Museum will be attending the 51st Annual Seminole Nation Days September 20nd -21rd, 2019. Seminole Nations Days is a 3 day celebration of Seminole culture and heritage held at the Mekusukey Mission on the third weekend in September every year.  Arts and crafts, sports, cultural dances, stickball game, softball tournament, golf tournament, 5k run, a carnival and live music are all part of the festivities.

 

Harjo Art Added to Permanent Collection

The Seminole Nation Museum is honored to present its 2019 Joan Roberts Ligon Collections Endowment purchase selection, “birds of wonder,” by celebrated artist Benjamin Harjo. Jr.

Benjamin Harjo Jr is one of the nation’s preeminent American Indian artists, often referred to as the "Picasso of Native American art." He studied at the...

 

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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.