Seminole Tribe of Florida: A Native Culture Comes Alive
Say ‘Che Hun Ta Mo’ (Hello) to the Sunshine State’s first people.
Experience real native Florida at the museums, wilderness areas and villages that preserve a side of the state’s history rarely seen and yet anything but hidden – if you know where to look. Learn about history at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, witness culture at tribal events and Seminole Okalee Indian Village, and have a fun family adventure at Billie Swamp Safari. Stay awhile at the Big Cypress RV Park & Campground.
Get Educated at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
In the Seminole language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means “a place to learn.” Since the museum is home to more than 30,000 unique artifacts and archival items, it’s impossible not to learn a lot here. Hear tribal members tell their story in the film “We Seminoles,” then visit the museum’s exhibits and galleries where rare artifacts and life-sized depictions of traditional practices are showcased. Outside, take the boardwalk to Living Village where Seminoles create and sell beadwork, basketry, woodcarvings and patchwork.
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s lifelike exhibits
Explore Native Wildlife at Billie Swamp Safari
Glide effortlessly aboard an airboat through cypress domes in 890 hectares of untamed Florida Everglades, searching for alligators, turtles, fish and birds, among other critters. Splash through the wetlands on a swamp buggy eco tour to view native and exotic wildlife such as bison, water buffalo, wild pigs and ostriches. Find an authentic Seminole village near the safari’s Swamp Water Café. Stay overnight in a group dorm chickee or a waterfront chickee for two, taking a nighttime swamp buggy tour or enjoying some fireside Native storytelling to cap off your night.
Blazing through the wetlands
Stay On the Reservation at Big Cypress RV Resort and Campground
Nestled in the tranquil Florida Everglades, Big Cypress RV Resort is located in Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the full-service resort offers visitors both grassy and paved RV sites with full hookups, tents and air-conditioned cabins as well as the chance to experience the quiet beauty of the Everglades’ western prairie. The perfect landing zone for a visit to Seminole country, here you can take a nature walk, nap in the shade of a chickee hut or fish to your heart’s content.
Having fun at Big Cypress RV Resort and Campground
See Seminole Okalee Indian Village
Glimpse the Seminole way of life in this traditional village, where various aspects of living, cooking, woodwork and doll-making are demonstrated in a natural setting. Catch a Wildlife Night Show or a Deep Water Alligator Wrestling Show featuring big cats, birds of prey, snakes and crocodiles. Don’t leave without a visit to the authentic Seminole Arts & Crafts Gift Shop and come away with handmade items such as jewelry, clothing, woodwork and Seminole baskets and dolls.
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