In 2017, the Museum acquired several items from Sigfried "Siggy" R. Second – Jumper. Unique among these items was a drum similar to those used in western Native American drum circles. With Mr. Jumper’s help we learned that Cypress Prairie, the drum circle he participated in from 1998-2001, was a collaboration between Seminoles (including Thomas Storm, Sr. who made the drum) and other native people.
In addition to the drum, the acquisition also included Seminole baskets and a shirt made by Thomas’ mother, Mary Jane Storm. These items help share a deeper and more nuanced story of Seminole culture.
Siggy Jumper is a singer for the Chiricahua Apaches Crown Dancers at the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Growing up in the Miami area, he formed many deep friendships with Seminole families including the Storms, Franks, Osceolas, Cypresses, and Jumpers.