Arpeika (medicine man).

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      Arpeika probably was born in Georgia and moved into Florida in the late eighteenth century as part of the migration of Creeks that created the Seminole Nation. A hillis haya, or medicine man, he became a revered figure among the Seminoles and was an ardent opponent of attempts by the U.S. government to remove the tribe to Indian Territory (modern Oklahoma). During the Second Seminole War (1835-1842) he became a military leader despite his advanced age, leading his warriors in a number of battles while unsuccessfully warning Osceola and other Seminole leaders not to trust the American flags of truce. Arpeika