Living Legacy | Family Pictures USA | PBS

Living Legacy | Family Pictures USA | PBS


Family Pictures USA, once you see America
through family pictures, you’ll never see this
country the same way again. THOMAS: Leroy Osceola
is a Miccosukee artist who lives with his
family on land, settled by generations
of his ancestors who descended from
the Seminole nation. I want to just thank
everyone for hosting myself and our team with
Family Pictures. We are starting to look at
environments and neighborhoods through the lens of
the family photo. [Female Family Member]
She likes pictures a lot, like in her house, she has
like a lot of her family. (non-English speaking) THOMAS: Ah. (non-English speaking) This is a favorite. LEROY: Yeah. THOMAS: Is this you here? LEROY: No, that’s my father… THOMAS: That’s your father? LEROY: And his brothers. THOMAS: Oh wow. LEROY: She said that’s
why she likes it. THOMAS: Ah. [Female Family Member]
That was her man she said. That’s here man? (laughter) She’s smiling. This is an ancestor of yours? LEROY: Yeah, I’m the
fifth generation. THOMAS: Fifth generation
and what is his story? He was doing the
same thing we do, he was protecting the people
and the culture and everything. There was a couple of people
that had different bands, they were attacking the soldiers because they were
attacking us so he was one of them that
led one of the bands. They caught him under
the flag of truce, it was supposed to be a meeting but the caught him under
that, put him in prison. The paper said sign it and leave
Florida and never look back so that’s when he stabbed
the treaty saying that, no white man’s gonna tell me
where to live or how to live. He said he was a Seminole, so that’s when he
stabbed the treaty. Seminole means being native,
the way you were made, your beliefs. In Florida, it’s only
Miccosukees and Creeks. We have different languages
and different customs. When the younger people
look at this image what kinds of things
come to your mind? Just over strength and pride. And then not so much the pride
as in boastful type of thing, it’s more of just overall
perseverance through everything that people have gone
through over time in war and in peace. So that’s what I see. Because the life is
not very easy thing? Not at all. Even in current situations, if
you wanna live traditionally, it’s very sacrificing as
opposed to the easy way of things are, that
modernization has brought it. What is the difference between
the life that your parents and you have established
here, versus, let’s say on the reservation. Is there a big
difference culturally? Yeah, it’s a lot slower here. Over there everything
develops real fast and everybody has like
all the new things and stuff like that. Here it’s like, it’s
always been like this ever since I can
remember growing up. Yeah, on the reservation
everyone’s divided into their homes. The purpose of a camp, it was
to keep the families together because it’s what our
culture teaches you. Your family is… What is your vision
for your children? The main thing is they still
have their own territory ’cause they’re always
trying to take it away, the government. They’re always coming out
regulations for their own people and expects us to abide
by it like white people and we’re not. That’s why I’m saying these
words today so, like I said, they’re not gonna stop
trying to say how they live, what they believed and all that. So they can hear for
themselves what we believe. (piano music)

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