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Hitchitee Indian Methodist Church
May 23, 2000

Records indicate
12,523 Seminoles
live in Oklahoma

John C. McCornack
Yukon, Oklahoma


Hitchitee Church

Church located about 5.5 miles east
of Little, Oklahoma on HWY 99A

Seminole Hitchitee Church

It was a very special church
Where Pastor Mike resides
You feel the spirit in his heart
As you follow him inside

He explains some of the customs
Such as the burial ways
Ancient those customs are
From back in the olden days

And as you stroll around
You sort of become a part
Of those customs too
For it certainly is a start

The spirits Pastor Mike describes
Makes sense as he explains
Much like our very own
For we do not pray in vain

It was an experience all itself
I’m sure you would agree
The Seminole Hitchitee church
Visit meant a lot to me!

Marilyn Lott © 2008 - 355


Pastor Mike

Pastor Mike

Pastor Mike explaining Seminole Religious customs
Women and men sit on separate sides of Church
Some songs and prayers in Native Language


Pastor Mike’s friends
describing burial customs


Above ground houses
to provide shelter
for the spirits


John McCornack inspecting cemetery


Pastor Mike’s friends
explaining Seminole Native culture


The Hitchitee Indians

The Hitchitee Indians were once a part of the Creek Confederacy. They inhabited the northern half of the Florida peninsula. This tribe was eventually absorbed into the Seminole tribes.

Before the people who would later be called Seminoles migrated south from Alabama and Georgia, Florida was inhabited by the Timucua, the Ais, Apalachee and the Pensacola. In 1597, the Spanish Governor of Florida described the Ais people as the most populous tribe he had seen. They were gone by the 1740s.

After the Ais died out, Seminole Indians of Creek ancestry populated this area, fighting three wars with the United States before most of them were forced to relocate to Oklahoma. Originally the Seminole weren't actually a tribe, but were a group of separate people from many tribes who occupied the same geographical area at the same time. A portion of this branch of Creek Indians retreated into the Florida swamplands to evade capture by the US Army, and eventually became the dominant native american society. The 1770s is when most Florida Indians collectively became known as Seminole, a name meaning "wild people" or "runaway."


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John McCornack

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