Monday, October 26, 2020

Seminole Museum Hosts American Indian Arts Celebration 

Culture Extravaganza in the Everglades to Feature Native American Arts, Crafts, and Live Entertainment

The Seminole Tribe of Florida Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is pleased to announce the highly anticipated annual American Indian Arts Celebration (AIAC) November 3rd and 4th, 2017. Now in its 20th year, the AIAC is one of the top festivals in the Southeast.

The event will feature an exciting array of artisans, food vendors, children’s craft activities, musical performances, dance demonstrations, arts demonstrations, wildlife shows provided by Billie Swamp Safari and alligator wrestling by Billy Walker. The Indian market will showcase some of the finest native craftsmen from around the country including prize-winning Seminole artisans. Daily performances will include an opening ceremony by Seminole Tribal elder Bobby Henry and his team of dancers, and Native Pride Dancers from Minnesota—an internationally known high-energy show featuring an innovative blend of modern and traditional Native American dance styles. In addition, our daily roster includes a variety of live demonstrations including wood carving by Pedro Zepeda and Daniel Tommie, basket making by Donna Frank, swamp cabbage cooking by Billy Walker, art by Wilson Bowers, storytelling by Gordon Wareham, and much more! The Museum’s very own Quenton Cypress will emcee the festivities. Saturday’s line-up will additionally include a fashion show highlighting Seminole clothing throughout the years.

The event will take place on the festival grounds across from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. 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 ample and free.

For more information on the 20th Annual AIAC please visit www.ahtahthiki.com or contact Carrie Dilley at 863-902-1113 extension 12211 or carriedilley@semtribe.com.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*

 *Schedule subject to change

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

9:50-10:00:  Welcome and Announcements

10:00-10:30:  Opening Ceremony Dance with Bobby Henry

10:30-10:45:  Seminole Royalty Welcome

10:45-11:15 :  Storytelling

11:15-12:00:  Native Pride Dancers

12:00-12:30:  Alligator Wrestling

12:30-1:00:  Big Cypress Martial Arts

1:00-1:30:  Wildlife Presentation

1:45-2:30:  Native Pride Dancers

2:45-3:15:  Musical Performance

3:15-3:45:  Alligator Wrestling

4:00-4:30:  Musical Performance

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

9:50-10:00:  Welcome and Announcements

10:00-10:30:  Opening Ceremony Dance with Bobby Henry

10:30-10:45:  Seminole Royalty Welcome

10:45-11:15:  Storytelling

11:15-12:00:  Native Pride Dancers

12:00-12:30:  Alligator Wrestling

12:30-1:00:  Big Cypress Martial Arts

1:00-2:00:  Fashion Show

2:00-2:30:  Wildlife Presentation

2:30-3:15:  Native Pride Dancers

3:15-3:45:  Alligator Wrestling

3:45-4:15:  Musical Performance

4:15-4:45:  Musical Performance

 Demonstrators and vendors will be set up from 10 AM to 5 PM each day.

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