Despite our proximity to Miccosukee and Seminole land, many Miamians' sole experience with Native American culture is an occasional night out at the Hard Rock casino.
But the fourth Friday of each September is American Indian Day, devoted to honoring our nation's original residents and giving indigenous cultures the attention they deserve.
In South Florida, the Miccosukee are schooling the culturally curious on their real founding fathers/mothers in a daylong celebration. Attendees can hear Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Joanne Shenandoah, watch alligator wrestling, buy masterfully crafted beadwork, check out a Miccosukee fashion show, and take a pulse-pounding airboat ride.
It's an opportunity to learn about these ancient cultures firsthand, instead of from the mouth of your monotonous fifth-grade history teacher.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming (500 SW 177th Ave., Miami). Admission is free. Call 305-222-4600 or visit miccosukee.com.
Sat., Sept. 27, 10 a.m., 2014