A look back at alligator wrestling in Florida

  • Okalee Indian Village and Crafts Center, 1967. The sculpture in front of the crafts center shows a Native American man wrestling an alligator. COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

  • Demonstration of Seminole alligator wrestling, 1940s. COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

  • Alligator wrestling postcard from Musa Isle Seminole Indian Village. COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

  • Alligator wrestling at Aquaglades, Dania, Florida. ROBERT F. WASMAN / COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

  • Alligator wrestler Richards Bowers in Hollywood, Florida, 1983. COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

  • Seminole Indian demonstrates alligator wrestling in Tallahassee, Florida, 1984. DEBORAH THOMAS / COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

  • Okalee Indian Village and Crafts Center, 1976. Located on the Dania Seminole Indian Reservation. KARL E. HOLLAND / COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

  • Alligator wrestling at Okalee Indian Village and Crafts Center. KARL E. HOLLAND / COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

  • Alligator wrestling at Okalee Indian Village and Crafts Center. CHARLES BARRON / COURTESY OF STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA