Cultural extravaganza set for next weekend

On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida celebrates American Indian Day at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. Just fives miles west of Exit 25A on the Florida Turnpike, guests can embark on a unique journey to witness history come alive at the edge of the Everglades. The celebration promises to delight with a rare opportunity for the community to become immersed in the beauty and richness of Native American culture.

Native American pop star Jana Mashonee will capture the hearts of her audience with her enchanting voice as she performs one hit song after another. Guests will be captivated by breathtaking performances from the Native Spirit Dancers and the vibrancy of a Miccosukee Fashion Show, which will showcase the versatility of thriving customs as traditional geometric patterns seamlessly connect ancient designs with contemporary style. Native American artisans will be on-site crafting unique woodwork pieces and intricate beadwork.

Experience the adventure of airboat rides and the thrill of alligator wrestling shows, which feature techniques that have been essential to the Miccosukee way of life for centuries. The bold flavors of Native American food will be created to satisfy the cravings for a taste of the exotic and children can enjoy amusement rides all day long.

Offering a unique combination of educational, cultural and fun activities for everyone, the Miccosukee Tribe Celebrates American Indian Day is the perfect venue for a fun-filled family getaway. Admission is free! The event starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at 6 p.m.

About the Miccosukee

The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida is a federally recognized Indian Tribe and sovereign nation residing in the historic Florida Everglades. Its rich heritage has transcended for generations and today, the Tribe owns various properties throughout South Florida, including: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, offering a world-class gaming experience; Miccosukee Indian Village & Airboat Rides, showcasing the Tribe’s timeless culture and traditions; and Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, featuring 27 unique holes, Par 72, stretched across 6,700 yards in the heart of Miami. The Tribe also hosts a variety of events throughout the year that highlight its cultural sensitivity and awareness. For more information, please visit Miccosukee.com.

LYNN RITLI/Keys Weekly

Delores Billie, center, wears traditional clothing from the 1930s while her sisters Lois Billie wears traditional clothing from the ‘50s and Laura Abdo, right, models traditional clothing worn by modern day Miccosukee women.

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