This is, very probably, the line-up of the image above: Standing (L to R) = Fasatche Emathla - Abraham (interpreter) Sitting (L to R) = Sarparkee Yoholo - John Jumper - Billy Bowlegs - Chocote Tustenuggee The most important were John Jumper (son of the great chief Jumper) and Billy Bowlegs (nephew of the great chief Micanopy).
Coloured illustration of Bowlegs based on the first portrait posted by Dietmar - which was probably taken by John Hawley Clarke
1861 Wimar painting of Bowlegs in action. Wimar painted from life, from his field sketches and from from photos, including those he'd taken himself. Sometimes, however, his 'supporting cast' Indians look more than a little stereotypically Plains Indian - as they do here - which is odd considering the second man in his other painting of Bowlegs (seen above) is clearly dressed as a Seminole. Billy Bowlegs (Holamatico) on the Trail, 1861 (in the collection of the St Louis Art Museum):
This portrait of Bowlegs was taken in 1852. Hard to tell, but he seems older than in the groups portrait above (which I've also seen dated 1853); initially, I wasn't convinced it's the same man, although he wears the sash he has in other pictures:
Billy Bowlegs and chiefs of the Seminole; another illustration of the delegation - one which certainly suggests there was another photo taken of the group:
Long Jack - I think he was one of Bowlegs' warriors, 1858?
Bowlegs' wife, 1858(?):
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2009 14:47:59 GMT -5 by grahamew
There's an article in Harper's about Billy Bowlegs stopping off at New Orleans after the Seminole War on his way to exile in the West. I'm not sure why it's dated 1853 when it refers to events of 1858!; anyhow, it's reproduced here: fcit.usf.edu/FLORIDA/docs/b/bowlegs.htm From this we learn that Long Jack, pictured above, was the brother of Bowlegs' young wife.
Unfortunately, there are no illustrations; however, they can be seen in these reproductions of parts of the article:
No-Kush-Adjo, brother of Bowlegs' older wife:
Bowlegs' younger wife
Here's Bowlegs' 'slave' and interpreter, Ben Bruno, who, as the writer informs us, was quick to doff his Seminole duds and dress in store bought clothes:
Post by Diane Merkel on Feb 8, 2009 22:35:01 GMT -5
Thanks very much Charlie, Dietmar, and Grahame!
Billy Bowlegs is perhaps the best known of his time. Unfortunately, people in my area of Florida -- the northwest Panhandle -- have given his name to a pirate, so his legacy has been corrupted in these parts. Somehow they have managed to link Billy Bowlegs -- the pirate version -- to a Mardi Gras-type festival in June.
It just dawned on me that all three of you are European so you probably don't know or care about Mardi Gras! Sorry!
Chief Billy Bowlegs is very respected around the Lake Okeechobee area. The Peeples family who owns the ranch where Bowleg's camp used to be, are very proud of the fact and are very accommodating to any of Bowleg's descendant.
I will like to bring attention to a not so popular leader,Sam Jones,(Abiaki), Medicine Maker and a war Chief. This is a rare thing as in most Native Cultures, the War Chiefs consult with the Medicine Maker for advise, blessings, songs, etc. Sam Jones was both. He participated in all the Seminole Wars and lived to guide all Seminole War Chiefs. A true Seminole Legend. He was 52 when Billy Bowlegs was born and out lived Bowlegs by 8 years, when he died in 1866 at the age of 106. Today Highway county road (CR)833 in Hendry County runs over old Sam Jones Trail. The trail ended at the Caloosahatchee River, just south of Chief Bowlegs camp. There are many statues of Abiaki found throughout various locations in South Florida. One is at Tree Tops Park in Davie, where his camp used to be. Multiple Statues of him found at the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, where he is buried, in an unmarked grave. He is held in the highest regards,second only to Chief Osceola.