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History of Seminole Alligator Wrestling
Everett Osceola, Cultural Ambassador of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, walks visitors through centuries of Seminole history to modern Seminole life. He discusses the rise of alligator wrestling in tourist camps throughout the first part of the 20th century with famous Seminole alligator wrestlers including Willie Willie, the road to Federal Recognition by the United States government in 1957, and the resurgence of alligator wrestling in modern times. Osceola will end by showing a 14-minute film about alligator wrestling.
This event is a complimentary program to an exciting exhibition from the Florida Museum of History on tour at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center. The exhibit is a potpourri of fact and fantasy that explores our enduring fascination with the alligator and the alligator’s sociological and symbolic role in Florida history. Includes artifacts such as alligator bags, shoes, and purses; cast reproductions of alligator and crocodile skulls; and a variety of other alligator souvenirs and memorabilia.
This event is funded in part by a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant, in partnership with the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center.
Date/time: August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented By:Everett Osceola