The Switch

By Betty Mae Jumper

In the old days, our ancestors lived in clan villages out in the Everglades. After a couple married, they would decide which village they would live in. Sometimes the man would move to the woman's village. Many times, the woman would go with him to his village.

They would make their own chickee and begin married life. Of course, that would mean soon they would have children. (continue...)

Tribe Honored By New Times' Awards

By Peter B. Gallagher

Cover of New TimesFORT LAUDERDALE - The 1999 New Times special edition "Best of Broward and Palm Beach" has honored the Seminole Tribe of Florida in two categories. Tribal enterprises Billie Swamp Safari and Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum were chosen "Best Day Trip" and the Tribe's annual Fire On The Swamp Festival garnered the "Best Country Music Festival" award in the issue released March 11. (continue...)

Ahfachkee's 1st Grade Class Has 1st Class Trip To Cape Kennedy

By Marlin Billie

Ahfachkee Field TripCAPE KENNEDY -- History was made and learned, March 2, when Ahfachkee first graders boarded the Tribal jet for a day visit to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) famous John F. Kennedy Space Center. WOW!

Tuesday morning the children were told to be at the school at 7:15 for breakfast, then load the plane at 8 a.m. Fifteen out of 17students showed up ready for the trip. (continue...)

Miami Circle

By Patsy West

Miami Circle"The material heritage of the Tequesta and other native people of southeastern Florida has been almost totally erased from the landscape." - Jerald T. Milanich, Ph.D.

"They were the ancestral occupants of Miami and I think current occupants have an obligation to them." - William C. Sturtevant, Ph.D.

MIAMI -- Downtown Miami rests on the top of the largest town of the extinct Tequesta Indians. Most of the Tequesta's extensive complex has been demolished, paved over by a hundred years of Miami construction.

The saga of the "Miami Circle," a rare archaeological site recently excavated in the heart of Miami is now known worldwide. The future of the foundation of a Tequesta building - 38-feet in diameter on a 1,800-year old, 2.2-acre site - is now undergoing serious debate. (continue...)

Circle Be Unbroken

By Patricia R. Wickman, Ph.D.

Miami Circle IllustrationThe discovery of the popularly named "Miami Circle" by Historic Dade Preservation Board Archaeologist Dr. Robert Carr has created a furor among non-Native advocates of historic preservation and some Native American Rights activists. The basic question is all too basic: should it be saved? What responsibility does Miami, or any community, have to safeguard the material symbols of the past? That point still has not been definitively resolved at the local level and, rapidly, the dissention has spread to the state and national levels. (continue...)