Yes, Ms. or Mr. Anonymous, I do not look like a Seminole.
I am a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and taught myself how to make the patchwork.
I've received high commendations from even the Chief of the Florida Seminole tribe for my work. And I spent a good number of years participating in Native American art shows, pow wows and festivals in order to help promote the craft.
I'd love to know where you got the idea that there's some sort of law restricting the making and selling of the patchwork. Please feel free to post the information here and I'll certainly look at it.
The comment left by "Anonymous" isn't the first time that I've been told "you don't look Indian" or "you don't look Seminole".
I also don't look like a wife, mother, accountant, small business owner or a Democrat, but I'm all of those things too.
The assumption made my "Anonymous" was that I had, as a non-Indian, cashed in on a part of Indian culture. My fair skin lead to this assumption, I'm sure.
Well, Ms. or Mr. Anonymous, let me tell you MY TWO CENT'S worth..........I made patchwork items and sold them at Native American festivals, pow wows, rodeos, and art shows for several years.
I can't tell you how many elders came into my booth and complimented me on my work. We usually had long conversations about how the younger tribal members have no interest in learning this craft and it's dying out.
I received a commendation from the Chief of the Chickasaw Nation thanking me for my promoting and perpetuating a Native American craft.
The Chief of the Seminole Nation of Florida visited with me at the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City and purchased some of my items for his own use. The reason? Because authentic patchwork, made by a tribal member, is so difficult to find in Florida.
Prejudice and assumptions lead to misunderstandings. Before rushing to a conclusion, get the facts.