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We Come for GoodArchaeology and Tribal Historic Preservation at the Seminole Tribe of Florida$
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Paul N. Backhouse, Brent R. Weisman, and Mary Beth Rosebrough

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062280

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062280.001.0001

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“What May Look Like Nothing to You, Is Everything to Someone Else”

“What May Look Like Nothing to You, Is Everything to Someone Else”

Growing up Seminole and the Future of Tribal Historic Preservation

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We Come for Good
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Stephen Bridenstine

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062280.003.0017

What are the future heritage concerns of the Seminole Tribe of Florida? How will the THPO be relevant to that discussion in the next five, ten, twenty, and more years? Working with Tribal youth is one of the most important aspects of the office and one in which we are most proud of our achievements to date. Two tribal government programs allow the opportunity for Tribal youth to work within the department: the Summer Work Experience Program for high school students and Tribal Work Experience Program for adults. These programs are immersive, allowing students to learn more about the processes of working in a THPO. There is no doubt the students have themselves fundamentally shaped the broader staff and the program itself. In this way the THPO can operate as a cultural learning vehicle allowing Tribal youth to be more than passive learners of their culture. They are tasked to seek out, learn, and protect cultural knowledge through the various projects undertaken by the THPO. The resultant learning experience is meaningful, reflexive, and vibrant, offering opportunities for transmission of cultural knowledge that might have otherwise been lost.

Keywords:   Seminole Tribe of Florida, Tribal historic preservation, cultural knowledge

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