She Sang Promise

She Sang Promise

The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader

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Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was born in 1923, the daughter of a Seminole woman and a white man. She grew up in the Everglades under dark clouds of distrust among her tribe who could not accept her at first. As a child of a mixed marriage, she walked the line as a constant outsider. Growing up poor and isolated, she only discovered the joys of reading and writing at age 14. An iron will and sheer determination led her to success, and she returned to her people as a qualified nurse. When her husband was too sick to go to his alligator wrestling tourist job, gutsy Betty Mae climbed right into the alligator pit! Storyteller, journalist, and community activist, Betty Mae Jumper was a voice for her people, ultimately becoming the first female elected Seminole tribal leader.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2010
ISBN: 9781426305931
1426305931
9781426305924
1426305923
Branch Call Number: JB J951A 2010
Characteristics: 33, [7] p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 23 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Desimini, Lisa - Illustrator

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 14, 2013

I had an eight-year-old kid walk into my library last year and say, “I need a biography on a woman who’s alive.” That was hard. If you’re not Hilary Clinton or Michelle Obama or Condoleezza Rice, good luck to you. Living women don’t get biographies written about them much these days. I can tell you right here and now, though, that had this book been readily at hand I would have plucked it from the shelf quicker than the eye can see. It’s beautiful. Beautiful in storytelling, in factual accuracy, in content, in art, and in subject matter. Fantastic bio fare.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 14, 2013

She was “the first female elected leader of the unconquered Seminole Tribe of Florida,” but I doubt anyone could have predicted such future greatness when she was first born. The daughter of a Seminole woman and a French trader, Betty Mae Tiger entered this world in 1923. The daughter of a white man and living in a family that incorporated his religion into their beliefs, Betty Mae and her relatives were threatened early on by fellow Seminoles and moved away when she was five. Over time, Betty Mae showed an interest in getting a good education. She trained as a nurse, and when she returned to her tribe she was able to put her medical skills to good practice. Her experience with English allowed her to aid her fellow Seminoles until at long last in 1967 she was elected Seminole Tribal Chairman, the first woman to gain such an honor. This biography of her life includes an afterword by her son Moses Jumper, Jr., a Chronology of her life and the life of her tribe, an author’s note including further information on Ms. Jumper, a Glossary of terms, a Selected Bibliography, and a list of websites for more information.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 14, 2013

“She tells stories about swamp custard apple trees, alligator mamas floating babies on their backs, orchids, cabbage palms, her tamed tall crane, and her dog, Jeep, who always tugged her home from the dangers of the wood.”

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