Museum Store Sunday

By Rebecca Petrie, Retail Manager

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Museum stores are notorious, or perhaps celebrated is a better word, for having the most unique, inspired and original gift items for just about everyone.  With that being said, it’s that time of year again…. the holidays (and with them gift buying) are just around the corner.  On November 25th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store will be hosting our second annual Museum Store Sunday, joining 900 museum stores around the globe in this event.  We have big plans which include a trunk show featuring Southwest Native American jewelry from Norman Assad’s Universal Jewelers and Trading Co. as well as a free gift with every purchase, and the opportunity to win one of this year’s Seminole Doll ornaments!

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Assad is locally known to those who admire handcrafted silver, turquoise, shell and other natural stone jewelry.  The handy work of many of the artists he represents are from the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi tribes and can be currently be seen in the Museum Store.  The trunk show will give visitors the ability to purchase holiday gifts (or gifts for you) at a reduced price.  Our Seminole Doll ornaments will also be available, which have become an annual tradition with each year featuring new patchwork patterns.  Not only will our patrons be entered into a drawing for one of these lovely ornaments, but we will also give a free gift, while supplies last, with every Museum Store purchase.

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A representation of the Southwest jewelry that will be available at the trunk show
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The 2018 Seminole Doll ornaments

The Museum Store also offers a host of unique gifts from Seminole handcrafts- beadwork, carvings, patchwork and baskets, to Seminole-inspired items like our Italian marble coasters, bandolier earrings, patchwork patterned socks and color-changing t-shirts.  If you love books, then we have you covered. Our literary section is highlighted by such topics as Seminole history, legends, and the natural world of the Everglades.  For the kids (or those who are kids at heart) we offer some great toys.

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Woodcarvings by Paul Bowers, Sr.
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Baskets Coaster Set
Marble coasters featuring Seminole Baskets
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Earring inspired by a palmetto fan woven by Louise Osceola

Come out to the Museum to see our exhibits including “We Are Here! Voices & Hands Making Community Happen” which tells the story of how the departments within the Seminole Tribe of Florida make our Tribal communities happen, “Are We There Yet?” which shows the engagement of Tribal youth with story maps and “Selections From the Collection” featuring the Siegfried R. Second-Jumper collection. You can end your visit in the Museum Store, where you will find fun and informative items that represent our stunning exhibits. We will also have ornaments from the “We Are Here” exhibit including: nurse’s caps to firefighter’s helmets, realtor’s SOLD signs and construction cones. AND of course, we have the ever-popular socks including nurses, police, teachers and firefighters. There are books for the kids telling the story of the day in the life of a police officer and what it is like to attend schools around the world. And don’t forget Mr. Second-Jumper’s book, Searching for Bloodlines.

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 Some of the ornaments the represent the various Tribal departments

What better way to end your Thanksgiving weekend than by spending Sunday strolling our boardwalk and finishing up- or starting- your holiday shopping?  Come join us for Museum Store Sunday!  And remember as always, Museum Members receive a discount on all of their purchases.

Interested or just need more information?  Give us a call 9:00AM until 4:45PM daily at 863-902-1113 extension 12224.  Unable to attend in person?  You can check out our webstore at:


The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and Museum Store Sunday

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by Rebecca Petrie, Retail Manager

This November there will be a new post-Thanksgiving shopping event- Museum Store Sunday!  Museum stores from around the globe – from Belgium to New Zealand and all across the USA – will participate on Sunday, November 26 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving). With a tag line “Be a Patron” this event encourages holiday shoppers to remember their favorite museum stores. Shoppers will not only find quality gifts filled with inspiration and educational value, but through their purchases, will also directly support their favorite museums. Buying gifts at a museum store helps to foster ongoing appreciation and knowledge of art, nature, culture, science, and history of that museum. As a patron your purchase from the museum store helps to sustain the museum’s service to the public. What a wonderful win-win situation!

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store will be offering a free gift with every purchase on November 26 as well as a chance to win our newest Seminole Doll ornament the Seminole Boy Doll.

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Seminole Boy Doll ornament

Joining the beloved girl doll, the Seminole Boy Doll is also a mouth-blown glass ornament that is hand-painted in the old European tradition. His big shirt is decorated with glittering rick-rack and patchwork and in addition he wears real feathers in his turban as well as a fabric neckerchief around his neck. A collectable item designed exclusively for the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, these ornaments are only available for a short time.

Requests for both of our exclusive Girl and Boy Doll ornaments have been tremendous as folks know that these designs change every holiday season.

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ALL of the 2017 Seminole Doll Ornaments!

The doll ornaments have joined our other exclusive ornament – one that has been popular for the past seven years – the Seminole Patchwork ornament.  The 2017 Patchwork ornament continues the celebration Seminole Tribe of  Florida’s 60th years of federal recognition.

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2017 Seminole Patchwork inspired ornament

Adapted from the patchwork pattern on a big shirt worn by Tiger Tail, the blue ball is encircled with sparkling golden diamonds (60 years = Diamond Anniversary) and deep red bands.

These are only a few of the treasures that you will find at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store this holiday season and throughout the year – we have books on Seminole history as well as hand crafted jewelry, clothing that sparkles and changes colors and much, much more.

We here at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store encourage you to make the beautiful drive to the Big Cypress Seminole reservation on Sunday, November 26 to Be a Patron!  If you can’t make it to visit us, then please check out your local museum store – you will be richly rewarded!

To see a sampling of the items available at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store please go to and for a full listing of the Museum’s events check out

For more information about Museum Store Sunday and a full listing of participating museum stores please go to

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Christmas Ornaments from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store

By Rebecca Petrie, Retail Manager, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum


IT seems that everyone likes Christmas ornaments and visitors especially like to take home a bit of their vacation to be appreciated over the holidays.  With that in mind in the fall of 2011 the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store decided to create a Seminole patchwork inspired Christmas ornament.  Although this seemed like a simple task it  wasn’t.  We discovered that although there are companies who can print on round ornaments, most could only do a patch, not what we wanted- a band of patchwork design circling the glass ball.  Finally we found The Stocking Factory in of all place the Florida Keys.  Known for their personalized Christmas stockings and ornaments, they could also do printing all around an ornament.

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Our first attempt was a huge success incorporating three types of patchwork: Man on a Horse, Fire and Crawdad.  Over the next few years everything went smoothly, and then we decided to hold a contest to pick the 2014 patchwork pattern.  We didn’t verify the patterns before holding the contest and it turned out that the winning design couldn’t be done as we had in the past.  The design wouldn’t line up or was “out of register” (the same thing that happens when a newspaper prints in color and the various images aren’t precisely on top of each other).  As always the folks at The Stocking Factory came through.  They provided the ornament with the design (but no glitter) and we bribed (with donuts) the Museum staff to help hand glitter 600 plus ornaments.  Another success was achieved.


We have often been asked why we don’t do more elaborate styles of patchwork.  The answer is in the printing.  With the surround printing process we are only able to print two colors, one being glitter, so the ornament’s color becomes a part of the design element.  We are limited, but the results haven’t been; every year the ornaments have been beautiful.  This year’s ornament is no exception.  If history is any indicator, it will sell out by the end of the year!



WITH the success of the Seminole patchwork inspired ornaments we thought to go BIG as in an ornament inspired by the iconic Seminole doll.   We talked to several companies that could do custom mouth blown “old world” ornaments.  Mia Kaplan’s Mia’s Polish Treasures was chosen as their design was a full-sized, detailed Seminole doll.

The ornament itself was designed in a months-long process throughout 2013.  Images flew back and forth over the internet between the Museum, Mia’s office in New York City and Poland where the ornaments are actually manufactured.  The metal mold, unique to the medium of glass, was made from an original clay sculpture which represented a Seminole palmetto fiber doll.  With the design and the mold completed the intensive work of creating these works of art began.

What’s with this hair style???  Wrong, Wrong, WRONG!


THIS is much better!

The first step in a process that takes weeks to complete is to mold glass into the correct shape.  To that end a glass tube is heated repeatedly until the correct temperature is reached, it is then inserted into the two piece mold.  The artisan blows a puff of air through the cool end of the tube inflating the glass into the shape of the mold.  The mold is then opened and the raw ornament is removed and set aside to fully harden and cool.  The next step is to pour a milky white liquid into the hollow ornament, the liquid is swirled to coat the interior and the ornament is then dipped in a bath of warm soapy water.  Magic happens when the ornament is removed from the bath- the milky liquid has turned the interior chrome silver.  Another drying period is needed before the painting can begin.  Each ornament is hand painted in the approved design with more drying time as each color is allowed to dry.  Once our doll is fully painted the final step is apply the glitter.  Once again each color is added layer by layer with drying time between each coating.  When looking at these ornaments it is easy to appreciate the many, many hours of hand work that goes into each one and to grasp the fact that at any point in the process the delicate ornament could be shattered!


This year we will offer two options, the first was inspired by a cape and skirt in the Museum’s collection (accession #2007.9.71) in a limited edition of 250.  This version is beautifully dressed in garnet, gold, black and cream- familiar colors of a certain state university- and decorated with the famous Man on a Horse patchwork pattern.  Our second option is limited to 200 and features a more fancifully colored outfit of turquoise and bold pink with a combination of Telephone Pole and Crawdad patchwork patterns.  Either, or both, will look striking on a Christmas tree or hung on display year round.  If past year’s sales are any indication customers will need to order this family heirloom today as they may well be sold out tomorrow and once gone they are gone for good.

Once the ornaments are in the Store they will also be available online at

Honoring Alice Snow

By Megan Smith

Lake Tupke
Lake Tupke

Nestled between an exotic Caribbean garden and the colorful native Florida plant life at the Naples Botanical Garden is Lake Tupke, a charming man-made lake that has been named after the Seminole Medicine Carrier, Alice Snow. The lake, a year in the making, was a restoration of the native Florida Everglades environment which had become overgrown with invasive plant life.  The lake was officially opened last November 15 with a naming ceremony attended by Tribal members and other dignitaries. The chirping of native birds that have made their way back to the garden, the bubbling of fountains, and quiet cobblestone walkways filled with mosaics make this quaint garden the perfect place to honor such an inspiring Seminole tribal member.

Plants in the garden
Plants in the garden

Alice Snow was born in 1922, on the outskirts of Lake Okeechobee, where she grew up living in a village beneath the palmetto frond roof of a chickee. In her later years, she lived on the Brighton Reservation where she shared her knowledge as an herbalist by teaching her children and others about medicinal plants.

Alice Snow
Alice Snow

Spanning a generation of great social transition that included her move from her village to the reservation, Alice Snow witnessed many changes in Seminole life and tradition. She hoped that sharing her knowledge of healing plants would bring both traditional Seminole roots and the modern world together. She wrote and did research for a book entitled “Healing Plants: Medicine of the Florida Seminole Indians” alongside Susan Enns Stans that covers the uses and traditions of medicinal plants found in the Everglades. She also shared some of her knowledge with visitors, volunteers, and staff at the Naples Botanical Garden, inspiring the dedication in her honor.

Alice Snow with her twins
Alice Snow with her twins

The resilience of the Seminole people is shown clearly in Alice Snow’s work with medicinal plants as she shared her knowledge and gift with others. Much like Alice Snow, preserving and protecting Seminole culture and history is one of the primary efforts of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum where people from all around the world travel to learn about the livelihood and deep history of the tribe. Future garden-goers may stumble upon Lake Tupke, curious as to whom the Seminoles are, hopefully choosing to satisfy their curiosity and visit our museum to learn more. There is no better way to honor Alice Snow’s memory than to share both her work as a Medicine Carrier and the rich culture of the Seminoles with the Naples Botanical Garden and their visitors.

If you are in the Naples area and feel the need for a calming respite, come in and stroll the shores of Lake Tupke at the Naples Botanical Garden!