Happy Holidays!

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will mark its 15th anniversary on August 27, 2012.  Whether you are an original member, one of our first guests or a virtual guest; we hope that you join us in celebrating this important milestone.  For fifteen years Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum has been a bridge to the past and a beacon for the future. The Museum’s journey of innovation, collaboration, and accreditation has been exciting and fulfilling.  The early vision and hard work of so many talented and dedicated individuals, laid the ground work for a beautiful and informative Seminole and Florida experience. 

Our newest exhibit is: Mosaic: The Art of Ahfachkee Students, Big Cypress Reservation; currently featuring works of the K – 2nd grade students of Ahfachkee School in Big Cypress. The school’s art teacher Ivette Lopez used the work of Paul Klee and El Greco to inspire her students.  The beautiful, colorful results are framed and hung in the Museum.  The student art exhibition is an ongoing, collaborative project of the Museum and Tribal students from the Ahfachkee School and the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School on the Brighton Reservation.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum tour guides were all recently certified as interpretive guides from the National Association for Interpretation.  The 4-day CIG training was equal to a college level course in museum studies. Having staff that have gone through this training moves us toward our goal of providing you, and all our guests a more informative and fulfilling museum experience.

Let’s Move, Museums & Gardens – 489 museums, zoos and gardens have signed on to include and promote healthy lifestyle choices in their exhibits and programs. Let’s Move is a program instituted by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – a federal agency.  The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is a Let’s Move institution. An upcoming exhibit at the Museum, Through the Eyes of the Eagle, comes along at just the right time as it coincides with the Let’s Move initiative.  The exhibit is a series of large watercolor paintings based on a series of children’s books written by Georgia Perez and illustrated by Patrick Rolo (Bad River Band of Ojibwe, Wisconsin) and Lisa A. Fifeld (Oneida Tribe, Wisconsin). It was originally developed by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Tribal leaders Diabetes Committee and Indian Health Services. The exhibit runs February – April 2012.  We hope you can visit.   

Museum Store: In addition to our selection of Seminole patchwork, books, CDs and jewelry; we have just received our holiday ornament. A red ball with a band of patchwork, it comes boxed, ready for gifting. It’s just $12.95.  You can order this ornament by emailing rebeccapetrie@semtribe.com or calling the Museum Store at 877.902.1113 ext. 12224.

We hosted our first Birdwalk on the Boardwalk during AIAC. Hendry County Audubon Society and its members led the morning walks. Here is our AIAC bird list: Northern Perula, Grey Catbird, American Redstart, Blue Grey Gnatcatcher, Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Wilson’s Warbler (#255 on one watcher’s life list), Palm Warbler, Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker, Red Bellied Woodpecker, Red Shouldered Hawk, Magnolia Warbler, White Ibis, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron.  Heard but not seen: House Wren and Indigo Bunting.  Pictured at right is a Red Shouldered Hawk I saw on Sunday morning.

The Museum has introduced our first volunteer program; providing unique opportunities for members and interested individuals willing to lend a hand and interact with staff in such exciting areas of the Museum as Collections, Membership and Education. Volunteers will help to fulfill the mission of the Museum and work to create a strong collaborative, community environment, as well as garner a deeper, first-hand knowledge and understanding of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. More information about the volunteer program is available by contacting the Museum Administrative Assistant at (863) 902-1993 and we hope to hear from you soon!

Add this to your calendar: Battle of Okeechobee – reenactment: February 4 & 5, 2012, hosted by Battle of Okeechobee Battlefield Friends.  This event commemorates the largest and fiercest battle in the Seminole Wars, fought on Christmas Day 1837.  We will have an informational and retail booth at the event so we hope to see you there. Visit http://www.okeechobeebattlefield.com/index.html for additional information.

To enhance your Museum experience we offer free tours on most days, check the calendar on our website for times and days.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum members are always admitted free.  If you would like Museum membership information, please email marybirch-hanson@semtribe.com or call 954.364.5205.

I look forward to seeing you at the Museum. 

Mary Birch-Hanson

Membership Coordinator

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  1. Tara Chadwick

    i have the full set of “through the eyes of an eagle” and read it to my children often – they are also available in large, story book size to schools and non profits free of charge!! they are awesome and deliver a memorable and important lesson: our traditions of health and healthy eating!!! :)

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