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Destination DixieTourism and Southern History$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042374

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042374.001.0001

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Authenticity for Sale

Authenticity for Sale

The Everglades, Seminole Indians, and the Construction of a Pay-Per-View Culture

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(p.285) 13 Authenticity for Sale
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Destination Dixie
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Andrew K. Frank

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042374.003.0014

Andrew K. Frank’s essay on the Florida Everglades documents how the Seminole Indians who have always lived there learned to market their culture and tap into tourists’ desire to experience the exotic frontier of that state. As Frank argues, the growth of Florida’s tourism was spurred by what he calls “pay-per-view performances” by the Seminoles, who, since the 1880s, have consciously marketed stereotypical images that consciously linked them to the “wild frontier” of the Everglades.

Keywords:   Florida tourism, Everglades, Seminole Indians, Seminoles, stereotypes, wild frontier, imagination

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