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garden 391 Susie Jim Billie, Seminole Medicine Woman

Posted By Kevin Espinoza, Friday, April 25, 2014
Susie Jim Billie is a Seminole medicine woman who’s rich knowledge help cure several people from her tribe and others. Born in 1895 and died in 2003, Susie Billie learned all of her knowledge of medicine and chants, rituals, and ceremonies from her father and grandfather, who they themselves were medicine men of their tribe. I plant this garden in her name because she is one of the many people that make up Florida’s rich heritage. From Hispanics to Natives, Florida’s history will forever remember Susie Billie for the contributions that she has shared with us. This garden not only represents Susie Billie but also represents a piece of Florida. Even to this day her rituals and practices live on in the Big Cypress Reservation along with many of her family members like her daughter who also has learned the full knowledge of medicine from her mother. Another reason as to why Susie Billie was such an important Floridian is because she gave insight on medical practices used today. During her time labeled the Territorial Days, Susie Billie helped cure those not from there lands and worked with doctors so to educate them on the land and how to be healed by it. Susie Billie is an amazing woman and received a Folk Heritage award for her contributions, knowledge, and insights on the world of medicine in Florida. 

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