Museums are cool, really cool, we are talking fun historical artifacts and cultural exhibits surrounded by air-conditioning! Beat the Florida heat this summer and get to know the first people of this land, the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Struggle for Survival, 1817-1858 (On Exhibit until November 24, 2016)
One long war? This exhibit takes visitors to back in time for an introspective journey of more than 40 years of resistance and survival. Explore the tactics the Seminoles used to fight the U.S. government. Discover the tools they needed to survive in the hidden Everglades hammocks. Hear the Seminole voices to a history largely written by others, oral histories of stories and traditions passed on from the war years recorded by today’s Tribal members. Imagine stepping into the Grey Cloud, a sidewheel steamer charted for Oklahoma, and read the
courageous story of those who escaped. See the Buckskin Declaration, which was presented to President Eisenhower in 1954, and read for yourself the declaration of sovereignty and the right of the Seminoles to live their lives as they see culturally fit. This is one exhibit you don’t want to miss in 2016!
The “Struggle for Survival, 1817-1858” exhibit also features the Buckskin Declaration, which was presented to President Eisenhower in 1954. This document is a declaration of sovereignty and the right of the Seminoles to live their lives as they see
culturally fit. This is a cultural must-see while it is still in Florida
Drawings & Prints by Jimmie Scott Osceola (On Exhibit until October 16, 2016)
Jimmie Scott Osceola was, among other things, a talented artist with a preference
for India ink drawing. This exhibition explores his life and work, which will include seven recently acquired drawings. These drawings depict that which was dear to him: his Seminole culture, his family, his cowboy lifestyle, and nature.
Our Way School, With our Two Hands… (On Exhibit until August 5, 2016)
Featuring beadwork, patchwork, baskets, and palmetto dolls created at the Pemayetv Emahakv Brighton Charter School.
July 30: Everglades Survival
Discover how the Seminoles survived in the swamp.
August 13: Rodeo Fun
Try your hand at roping and lassoing while you learn about Seminole cattle traditions.
August 27: Spanish Day
Habla Espanol? Enjoy tours, beading, and wildlife presentations in Spanish!
September 10: Art at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki
Get inspired by our Seminole artists and create something of your own.
About the Ah-Tah-THi-Ki Museum:
In our language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means “a place to learn.” We invite you to come to the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and learn about our exciting history and culture.
The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s exhibits and artifacts show how our Seminole ancestors lived in the Florida swamps and Everglades. The Museum film “We Seminoles” tells our story in our own words, including our dramatic struggle to remain in Florida. Nature trails will take you throughout the beautiful 60-acre cypress dome to a living village with Seminole artisans. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is the tribally owned and operated museum of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Situated in the Everglades on a 66-acre cypress dome on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the museum offers more than 5,000 square feet of interior gallery space, as well as just over one mile of raised boardwalk. Exhibits feature rare artifacts and lifelike dioramas that depict Seminole life at the turn of the century. In 2009, the museum became the first tribally governed museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums and proud to be a designated Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the museum is located approximately 17 miles north of I-75 off Exit 49. For more information, visit www.ahtahthiki.com or call 877-902-1113.
34725 West Boundary Road, Clewiston FL 33440
About the Seminole Tribe of Florida:
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is known as the “Unconquered Seminoles.” In 1953, the United States Congress passed legislation to terminate federal Tribal programs. While the State of Florida supported the termination of services to Seminoles, Tribal members and their supporters successfully argued against it. Tribal leaders moved forward with their push for independence and by 1957, they had drafted a Tribal Constitution. As a result of this effort, they attained self-government through the formation of a governing body, the Tribal Council, and at the same time, they created the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. to oversee the business matters of the Tribe.
Today, Seminole gaming efforts support a growing infrastructure for the Tribe’s health and welfare, public safety, education and other services. The economic stability provided by gaming, combined with cattle, citrus and other business enterprises, has made the Seminole Tribe of Florida one of the most successful Native entities in the United States. The Seminole Tribe employs more than 7,000 employees in its casinos, hotels and other enterprises and purchases more than $130.3 million in goods and services yearly.
In addition to gaming, the Seminoles have many other Seminole tourism-related destinations. These destinations work to preserve the past and present the future of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Melissa Sherman, Tourism Coordinator, Seminole Tribe of Florida
(863) 902-3200 x 13043