By Annette Snapp, Operations Manager
The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum wishes you a safe and prosperous New Year as 2014 brings a chilly blast of air to Southwest Florida. The conclusion of one calendar year and the beginning of a new one causes many of us to pause and reflect on past accomplishments and to look forward to upcoming events and projects. We invite you to read on and find out what we achieved in 2013 and what you can look forward to seeing at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in 2014!
I believe that some of the Museum’s best moments in 2013 were a direct result of the works created by Tribal students from the Ahfachkee and Pemayetv Emahakv Schools and displayed on the Mosaic Community Art Wall. The Ahfachkee School students created original billboard designs based on historic photos from the Museum’s Collection. Later in the year, the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School students created tradition-based crafts. Both of these exhibits brought enthusiasm and excitement to the Museum as well as a peek into the future of Seminole art and creativity! The Museum looks forward to working with these Tribal students again in 2014!
What else can Museum visitors look forward to in 2014? Opening on January 17th is a new temporary exhibit focusing on “Seminole Music: To Sing as a Group: Multiple Voices of Seminole Music.” This exhibit will explore the Seminole style in various genres, ranging from hymns and folk music to rap. Videos, audio recordings, instruments, stage costumes, posters and other items related to Seminole musical performance will be available for viewing, listening, and enjoying. We hope you stop by soon and listen to inspirational Seminole music!
In the fall of 2014, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will be highlighting Native American skateboarding in the Smithsonian Travelling Exhibit, “Ramp It Up.” One of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, skateboarding has inspired American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities to host skateboard competitions and build skate parks to encourage their youth. Native entrepreneurs own skateboard companies and sponsor community- based skate teams. Native artists and filmmakers, inspired by their skating experiences, credit the sport with teaching them a successful work ethic.
These are the indigenous stories of skateboarding. Join us as we celebrate the vibrancy, creativity, and controversy of Native skate culture.
This new year is going to bring more than these brief highlights! Check out our web site regularly at http://www.ahtahthiki.com/ to see our latest event highlights. Come and enjoy the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum to learn more about Seminole history and culture in 2014.