I wish to thank my many Indian friends who have allowed me into their homes and shared their life experiences. They made this book possible. I have enjoyed their wit and their love of a good laugh. I thank in particular Mary Frances Johns, Howard and Effie Osceola and their daughter Margaret Billie, Frances and Bill Osceola and their daughters Debbie Osceola and Tina Clay, William Buffalo Tiger and his sons, Lee and Stephen Tiger, Donna Frank, Annie and Linda Jim, as well as the many other artisans who talked to me about their work. Pat Diamond, secretary to the chairman of the Seminoles, was always a cheerful contact whenever I needed to know "who to talk to" in the tribe. Rhodes Davis shares my interest in the Miccosukee people and I thank him for his support of the book.
This project developed over many years of research and writing. Joyce Herold, the curator of the Denver Museum of Natural History, introduced me to the extensive collection of Seminole artifacts in the Crane Collection that launched me on this study. Since then, several colleagues have generously taken the time to read all or parts of this manuscript and advise me in my work: Marcilene Wittmer, associate professor of art history, University of Miami; Richard Conn, the chief curator of the Denver Art Museum; Harry A. Kersey, Jr., of Florida Atlantic University; Mallory McCane O'Connor, the director of the Thomas Center Gallery in Gainesville, Florida; Janet Berlo, professor of art history at the University of Missouri, St. Louis; Kate Duncan, professor of art history at Arizona State University, Tempe; Ruth Phillips, associate professor of art history, Carleton University, Ottawa; Carol Damian, associate professor of art history, Florida International University; Bob Carr, Dade County archaeologist; Charles Randall Daniels, anthropologist and director of the -