Day 1 Emcee Notes

Earth Day Celebration
Friday, April 22, 2022


Historic photo of Josie Billie in the garden at Okalee Indian Village in Hollywood, Florida.

Gates Open

Clay Pottery Craft
Located under the large activity tent

Exhibit Tables Open

Bird Tours
(register at exhibitors' table under large tent)
tours start at 10:30am but are on going

Poetry Workshop (behind Museum)

Poetry Workshop Reading (On Stage)

Yoga with Wei (on Boardwalk Hunting Camp)

12pm - 2pm
Beading Craft Activity

Rez Jamz (On Stage)

Rez Jamz (On Stage)

Yoga with Wei (on Boardwalk Hunting Camp)

Clay Seed Bomb Activity

Recycle Art Contest Winners Announced

[Day 2: Earth Day at Okalee Village in Hollywood Schedule]

  • Welcome:
    Welcome to Earth Day celebration hosted by the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and the Seminole Tribe climate resiliency department.
  • Thank:
    We would first like to thank the Seminole Tribe of Florida for making this possible and to all of the tribal departments for participating.
  • **community thank you:**
    We are so grateful for all of the tribal members that came out today please feel free to enjoy the facility and take in all of the tribal culture.
  • intro Gordon and Marcella
    Without further ado I’d like to introduce to you the Director and assistant Director of the thought the key museum Mr. Gordan Wareham and Mrs. Marcella Billie
  • -** Gordan and Marcella opening remarks **
  • **Council welcoming remarks**
    Add this time I’d like to ask if there any tribal officials presents who may want to say a word.
  • Let's give a hand to our Tribal officials and museum directors.
    - Thank you again for coming out and again welcome to our Earth Day Celebration.
    - it sure feels good to have an event and enjoy activities again. Please be sure to stay safe as we have a good time together.
  • **A few housekeeping items**
    - Restrooms under the welcome building.
    - Restrooms are also inside the museum
    - scan the QR code to view the schedule of events. if you can't scan, go to the museum's website and follow the link on the top of the page
    - more activities behind the museum off the boardwalk; yoga, writers workshop, exhibit under the picnic chickee
    - Museum admission to the gallery is $5. you can cut through the museum towards the gift shop to get access to the boardwalk.
    - if you are feeling generous today, drop a few $$ in the donation box.
  • Announcement of Activities and Presenters
    Ahfachkee School's Community Garden
    Bee Keepers
    Make fun crafts (Seed bombs, clay pottery and beading)
    Collection's Photo ID (Go see Mrs. Barbara)
    Poetry Workshop, in collaboration with the Florida Indigenous Writers Group (Elgin and Krystle)
    Rez Jamz!
  • Bird Watching Tour
    Starting at 10:30am sign up for bird watching, tours are ongoing. Thanks to the Volunteers at the Hendry County Audubon Society; Margaret England, Rhonda Roff, and ERMD Staff Karli and Katelyn
  • **Repurposed Recycle Art Competition exhibit **
    Be sure to vote on the creative artwork our community members (big and small) created and submitted. Age category ranged from Prek all the way to adults. pick up a ballot and cast your vote at the gift shop inside of the museum. The artists worked really hard, let's show them our support.
  • Watch the Earth Day video
    Take a few minutes and cool off inside the museum and watch the Earth Day video created by our very own tribal members. It was a produced by SMP and they did an amazing job! The 20 minute video includes interviews from Cody Motlow, Daniel Tommie, Durante Blais Billie, Houston Cypress, Krystle Young Bowers, and Samuel Tommie.
  • Also included on the video is a showcase of our Ahfachkee School's Conservation Garden. They are really doing something special over there because they can grow just about everything besides our kids!
  • chef Loraine is in the house (or tent) LOL, she is cooking up some interesting treats that involve earth, trees and dirt. Maybe not real trees and dirt but they look like it and are pretty tasty. Let's thank Integrative health department and all there staff!
  • Let's also thank Integrative health for yoga with WEI. If you haven't tried yoga before, we encourage you to give it a try, it is for all fitness levels. Beginners too! NO mat? No problem, we have mats and blankets! Yoga is in front of the hunting camp on the board walk.
  • TREES! Tribal Members: don't forget to get your plant. These are a special gift from the Council Office and the ATTK. Please note, one per household. The tint is near the information booth.

About Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum opened in 1997 and is owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Situated in the Everglades on a 66-acre cypress dome on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the museum offers more than 5,000 square feet of gallery space. Exhibits feature rare artifacts and lifelike dioramas that depict Seminole life at the turn of the century. In 2009, the Museum became the first tribally governed museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. For more information, visit and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is located at 34725 W. Boundary Road, Clewiston, Florida.