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Charlie Cypress

Posted By alexia georgelin, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I chose to dedicate my garden to Charlie Cypress, a very important Floridian who was highly skilled in building Seminole canoes. He was born in 1884 and passed away in 1960.  An important fact about Charlie Cypress is that he continued the tradition of making Seminole canoes even after that mode of transportation was no longer in use anymore. He saw it as a way to preserve his Seminole culture. Even at an old age he continued to build canoes with the same vigor and passion as he did in his youth. By keeping the tradition alive, he was able to teach many other people how to build canoes so that they can preserve the culture. A museum in Florida where his canoes are exhibited is the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum located in Clewiston, Florida. The photograph that I chose that best represents Cypress is the one I have attached. He is seen standing with an ax at age 92 dressed in his native Seminole attire and building yet another beautiful masterpiece of a canoe. The photograph was taken in 1952, and although much time has passed since then, it is important to remember this important Floridian for his contribution to society. I dedicated my garden to Mr. Cypress as a reminder that in life we should always follow our passions, regardless of our age or circumstances, and never give up. My garden is located in Eustis, Florida (central florida; Lake County).

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