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Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival

The Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the culture of the Miccosukee Indian tribe. Nestled in the magnificent Everglades state park, the festival is the perfect way to discover the heritage, art and history of the fascinating Miccosukee Indian Native American tribe.

The Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival takes place during the last week of December of every year at the Miccosukee Indian Village located off of Mile Marker 70, U.S. Highway 41 in Tamiami Trail, Miami. This 700-acre village is approximately 24 miles west of the Florida Turnpike and Miami and is superbly preserved to showcase the unspoiled and untouched culture of the Miccosukee Indian tribe. The festival takes place in the tribe's natural environment which has remained true and authentic for thousands of years.

Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival

The Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival is a tribal gathering that features many events and activities which celebrate the culture of the Miccosukee Indian tribe. The festival offers many family-friendly activities such as Native American dancers and colorful performances. There are many singers and also enlightening traditional storytellers, and also many other enriching educational events about the Miccosukee Indian tribe culture.

Children and adults will be fascinated by the alligator show in which tribesmen come face to face with alligators. These renowned alligator shows feature trained Native American men fight with the alligators which are often from 7 to 9 feet in length. They perform rituals which have been handed down from generation to generation in the Miccosukee Indian tribe culture, including inserting their hands in the mouths of the alligators which have a foot-long row of teeth.

Visitors to the Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival can also enjoy a wide array of traditional Miccosukee Indian arts and crafts that they can buy. These include genuine beadwork, doll making, woodwork, patchwork, basket weaving and tons of other items which have remained authentic through time. Visitors can also whet their appetites and indulge in delicious Native American cuisine and foods from the many vendors at the festival.

Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival

The Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival is also the perfect opportunity for attendees to visit the Indian Village's museum, where they can learn all about the tribe's way of life through time. There are many engrossing exhibits and collections of art that demonstrate the culture and dress of the Miccosukee Indians. Check out the many artifacts, films, paintings, photographs and authentic Miccosukee dress. There are also political documents that provided the tribe with sovereignty in 1962.

Many visitors to the Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival also enjoy taking an airboat ride to explore the surrounding enchanting Everglades. The airboat rides provide an unforgettable experience as participants get to discover the unspoiled protected environment featuring alligators, exotic birds, and many other flora and fauna that they won't find anywhere else. The airboat ride also takes visitors to see an authentic Miccosukee Indian camp with teepees that dates back to over 100 years.
Those who want to attend the Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival, can get tickets on the tribe's official website or on-site. Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, 9 for children between the ages of 7 and 12, and children under 6 are admitted for free.

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