The Seminoles lived in Florida's swamps. They built huts called Chickees, that sat on stilts high above the swampy waters. This prevented the hut from sinking into the mud and kept out alligators and other wildlife.
The Cherokee lived in villages of 30 to 60 homes throughout the Appalachian Mountains. By the 1600s, the Cherokee were the most powerful tribe of the Southeast.
Jewelry was an important part of Seminole dress. The Seminole women loved beads. They wore so many strands of beads that they covered their neck all the way up to their ears! Some women wore necklaces that were about 60 inches long and could weigh over 10 pounds!
Make your own Seminole beaded necklace.
- ditalini pasta
- sandwich bags
- food coloring
- rubbing alcohol
- paper plates
Pour even amounts of pasta into your sandwich bags. Use one bag for each color you would like in your necklace. Add a few drops of food coloring and about 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to each bag.
Shake the bag until the pasta is completely coated with dye. Repeat this step with all the bags. Let the mixture sit for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the color to soak in.