Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Seminole Museum, American Indian Arts Celebration Nov. 2-3,

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
Big Cypress Reservation
30290 Josie Billie Highway,
PMB  1003 Clewiston, FL 33440

The Seminole Tribe has figured significantly in Florida history since the early 1800s. Unique in that they are the only tribe never to have signed a peace treaty with the U.S. government, the Seminoles welcome all to their museum, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki , a place to learn, at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation.

Four galleries provide venues that highlight the culture and traditions of the tribe and include archives and artifacts.  A mile-long boardwalk provides a safe path for visitors to take through a 60-acre natural cypress dome, and a recreated village showcases elders weaving baskets, crafting necklaces and carving wood. The museum welcomes educational groups and hosts events and temporary exhibits throughout the year.

Each year for the past 15, the Seminoles host the American Indian Arts Celebration at Big Cypress featuring dance, music, arts and cultures of Native Americans. This year’s celebration will be held Nov. 2 and 3 – Friday and Saturday - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed the two days of the celebration.
$9 - adults
$6 - seniors, military, children
Free parking

From their site about the event:

“Featuring Native artisans and performers spanning territories from the far West to the Northern Plains and Southeast, the event gains in popularity among the artists and performers that return each year and entices those looking to join in the festivities. Silver work, bead work, woodwork, basketry, leather work, photography, paintings, jewelry and more are represented at this intimate Indian market.” 
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