One of the benefits of living and studying in Oklahoma is the variety of small festivals that feature everything from BBQ, peaches, chili, Blues, and sorghum. Last Saturday, we travelled to Wewoka (You know, its SE of Seminole on the way to Wetumpka, OK) for the annual Sorghum Festival which is held on the grounds of the Seminole Nation Museum. The traditional method of pressing sorghum cane using a mule team was fun to watch. Boiling the sorghum juice down to syrup filled the air with the aroma of wood smoke and sweet sorghum.
Various products made from sorghum and locally produced honey could be purchased along with some great Indian tacos. Vendors demonstrated traditional crafts including basketry, weaving, and the making of the distinctive ribbon work clothing for which the Seminoles are well known.
The Seminole National Museum provides insights into Seminole history before, during, and after Removal to Oklahoma. The Museum tells the story of the Seminoles and their Freedmen (former African slaves), also known as Maroons, being forcibly removed from the Southeast to the Oklahoma lands that they currently occupy. It is another sad story of struggle, removal, perseverance, and adaptation.
Director of the Museum Science and Management Program Dr. Robert Pickering