Traditional Seminole and Miccosukee baskets are made of cane and palmetto and were used to collect and process food. The earliest examples are cane. Palmetto replaced cane after the ancestors of today’s Seminole and Miccosukee tribes migrated south from Georgia and Alabama into Florida in the late 18th century.
Today most Seminole and Miccosukee baskets are made from sweetgrass. Sweetgrass baskets became popular in the 20th century as tourists began visiting South Florida for its warm climate and beaches. These baskets proved to be a favored item, and they remain popular today.