The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum’s 5000 square-foot space provides guests with an overview of Seminole life in the 1890s, with more than 40 life-size figures engaged in everything from hunting to traveling by canoe to dancing. Combined with scenic dioramas, historic artifacts, interpretive text panels and audio effects, visitors walk through displays that present specific aspects of Seminole culture. Brief descriptions of a few of the permanent displays are included here.
Become familiar with the dynamic history of the Florida Seminoles through the five-screen orientation film "We Seminoles," produced by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Learn why the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum was created.
Two Seminoles start out on an overnight hunt. To keep their packs light the men wear all the clothing they may need. They carry all the equipment necessary to make a modest hunting camp at a remote location.
Harvests from the land and many parts of animals are used to supply food, clothing, and tools. When items could not be obtained from the Everglades, the Seminoles would trade with a handful of store (trading post) owners.
In this exhibit, a young couple takes a glimpse at each other as the groom-to-be arrives at his future mother-in-law's camp.
Under the chickee is a glimpse of traditional meal time, where multiple generations gathered around their food. The camp is characterized by numerous chickees, which in Miccosukee means house. The Seminoles used a separate dwelling for each daily routine.
In the center of the gallery, three women are busy around a fire preparing the daily meal. This fire, if properly tended to, could last for weeks.
Wearing some of their finest clothes, this family glides down a quiet stretch of river in their full size dug-out canoe on their way to a trading post.
Using incredible skill and a steady hand, our Seminole silversmith heats a coin on a small fire, pounding the coin into decorative pieces and jewelry.
Get a unique glimpse into the sacred religious tradition of the Green Corn Ceremony, an annual event which is still practiced among the Seminole Tribe today. Enter the ceremonial grounds and view fifteen life size figures dressed in colorful period clothing in the midst of performing the Catfish Dance.
Experience the frenzy of the Seminole Stickball Game! On the first evening of the Green Corn Ceremony, as the coming evening cools the heat of a June day, the young adults gather to engage in this vigorous contest which is similar to lacrosse.