The Cypress Dome
Enjoy a walk through the Everglades at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation. The museum provides a one mile raised boardwalk, which winds through a beautiful 60-acre cypress dome. There are multiple opportunities along the boardwalk to rest, enjoy the scenery, and learn more about the Seminole culture. The boardwalk is open from 9:00am until 4:30pm. As it does circle a natural cypress dome, it may be closed due to inclement weather or other natural causes beyond our control.
About a quarter of the way through the right side of the boardwalk is the Clan Pavilion. There are eight clan panels, each representing one of the current Seminole clans: Panther, Wind, Bird, Otter, Bear, Snake, Big Town, and Deer. The panels tell basic background information about each clan and also feature drawings of clan animals by the Seminole artist Samuel Tommie.
At the midpoint of the boardwalk you can take a break at our re-created ceremonial grounds. These grounds are similar to those used as a traditional meeting place for political and religious events. At the center there is an open court for playing stickball, a traditional game for numerous tribes of the Southeast. The ceremonial grounds contain several chickees, or open-sided structures made from palmetto and cypress, used for a variety of purposes.
Bathrooms are located near the Ceremonial Grounds.
A short distance from the ceremonial grounds is the Seminole Village. The village is a modern-day version of the Seminole tourist camps that were popular in the early to mid-20th century. Modern Seminole atists are often present and are more than happy to answer questions and demonstrate traditional arts and crafts. These crafts are also available for purchase. Due to circumstances beyond our control, such as inclement weather and Tribal holidays, villagers may not be present at all times.
Water is available at the Seminole Village.
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| Below are images captured by wildlife cameras in and around the Cypress Dome |