Miccosukee Native American Indian Tribe Day Saturday

During the festival, attendees can learn more about traditional Miccosukee food preparation.
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During the festival, attendees can learn more about traditional Miccosukee food preparation. Miccosukee

American Indian Day this weekend honors America's true first settlers: the Native Americans. Saturday, the Miccosukee tribe will celebrate with a free festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, on U.S. 41 about one hour and 45 minutes from Naples.

Attendees can expect to learn about the tribe and its history and participate in several activities. They include Native American music and crafts, a Miccosukee fashion show and alligator demonstrations.

The Miccosukee Tribe will have alligator demonstrations during its American Indian Day celebration.
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The Miccosukee Tribe will have alligator demonstrations during its American Indian Day celebration. Miccosukee

Organizers also plan to showcase Native American dancers and offer airboat rides. The arts and crafts experience at the celebration will include multicolored Miccosukee patchwork, beadwork and jewelry — craftsmanship that dates back generations. Attendees will also be able to shop for these arts and crafts, as well as contemporary art and food.

Attendees also will have an opportunity to share in the heritage of the Miccosukee and other Native American tribes throughout the country and glean a better understanding of their way of life and customs. There are two storytelling sessions planned — one at 12:15 p.m. after the tribal chairman's remarks and another at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom.

"We live in a global village that grows increasingly connected through technology and commerce, and sometimes it's important to identify and celebrate those elements of our culture that highlight our unity as well as our diversity," said Miccosukee Magazine TV Executive Producer Houston Cypress. "That's why festivals like what the Miccosukee Tribe is doing to celebrate the American Indian Day holiday are important."

The Miccosukee Tribe will offer airboat rides during its American Indian Day celebration. Miccosukee

The Miccosukee Tribe will offer airboat rides during its American Indian Day celebration. Miccosukee

The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida is a federally recognized Indian tribe and sovereign nation. Tribal residents live in the Florida Everglades, and own property throughout South Florida. These properties include Miccosukee Resort & Gaming where the Miccosukee Tribe American Indian Day will be. On site, the Miccosukee Indian Village and airboat rides help illustrate the Miccosukee story.

"We're opening a door unto the indigenous experience and how we are not only surviving but also thriving," Cypress said. "Aside from all the entertainment and cultural activities the Miccosukee Tribe will also be delivering a message on environmental preservation."

"The entertainment and cultural activities include a contemporary Miccosukee fashion show, Southwestern reggae fusion band Native Roots, Seminole teen blues rock and roll group the Osceola Brothers, dance theater by Thirza Defoe, and storytelling from three different traditions," Cypress said. "Add in the airboat rides, alligator demonstrations, carnival rides, and native cuisine and there's fun for everyone — and you can't beat free admission!"

IF YOU GO

Miccosukee Native American Indian Tribe Day

Where: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, 500 S.W. 177th Ave., Miami. The Miccosukee Resort & Gaming complex is on U.S. 41 at Krome Avenue, five miles west of the Florida Turnpike about one hour and 45 minutes from Naples.

Activities during Saturday's American Indian Day celebration include a Miccosukee fashion show. The festival will be at the Miccosukee Resort.

Activities during Saturday's American Indian Day celebration include a Miccosukee fashion show. The festival will be at the Miccosukee Resort.

When:10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

Schedule of events:

■ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Native American craft and food vendors, kids’ rides and airboat rides

■ 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Alligator demonstrations

■ Noon: Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

■ 12:15 p.m.: Storytelling

■ 1 p.m.: Thirza Defoe (dance performance)

■ 2:30 p.m.: Miccosukee Fashion Show

■ 4 p.m.: Osceola Brothers (music performance)

■ 5:30 p.m.: Storytelling

■ 7 p.m.: Native Roots (musical performance)

Cost: Free admission

Information: 305-222-4600 or 877-242-6464 or www.Miccosukee.com

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