Seminoles’ Native American art festival enters 21st year – November 2-3

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Seminoles’ Native American art festival enters 21st year

One of the biggest events celebrating Florida’s Native American footprint comes to the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation in South Florida.

The 21st annual American Indian Arts Celebration will be held Nov. 2-3 at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on reservation property.

Located within the borders of Hendry County and about an hour west of Fort Lauderdale, the event will display arts and crafts alongside dance demonstrations, musical performances and wildlife presentations.

An Indian market will feature 50 vendors with native crafts including those of the Seminole tribe.

Native dance demos will include a team from the Seminole tribe, hoop dancing and a mix of modern and traditional styles from the Native Pride Dancers from Minnesota.

Billie Swamp Safari will put on the wildlife demos including alligator wrestling by Billy Walker.

Live demos will include wood carving, swamp cabbage cooking, archery and Seminole food sampling.

Live music from modern Seminole musicians will include alternative offering RC North on Friday, Kowako Billie and rappers Aye Five, featuring Carradine and DC on Saturday as well as a fashion show.

Also on Saturday will be the documentary screening of “More Than a Word” from John and Kenn Little, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that tackles the history of the word “redskin.” A panel discussion with the directors will follow the 4:30 p.m. screening.

The festival will take place in the festival grounds across from the museum. Admission is $10 for adults; $7.50 for seniors and students (5-18 years, or with a college ID). Tribal members, children four years and under, and museum members are free. Admission includes entrance to the event and the museum. Parking is free.

If you go

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

30290 Josie Billie Highway, Clewiston