Each year in November, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum hosts the annual American Indian Arts Celebration to share the art, music and dance of the Seminole, Southeastern and other Indian tribes across the country. Visitors flock to hear storytelling, attend performances and see heart-pumping alligator wrestling, and also to shop for silverwork, beadwork, woodwork, basketry, leatherwork, photography, paintings and jewelry. There are also activities for children, including take-away crafts.
The Everglades within the Big Cypress Reservation make for a magnificent backdrop for the event, and visitors to the celebration should not miss the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s history and cultural exhibits nor the cypress swamp boardwalk. The nature trails take visitors through a beautiful 60-acre cypress dome to a living village. Brilliant blue skies meet miles of sawgrass and hammocks, providing the ultimate setting for this amazing celebration of arts, dance, culture and music.
- The celebration takes place over two days each November (next event: Nov. 6-7, 2015)
- Location: Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation
- In the Mikisúkî language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means “a place to learn”
- Admission: $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors/students/military (includes entrance to the festival and museum; parking is free)