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Seminole War Reenactment, Historical and Cultural Displays Highlight the Big Cypress Shootout - January 31, February 1-2, 2014




Friday, January 31, 2014 (Educational Day)
Saturday, February 1, 10am - 5pm - Battle at 11am & 3pm
Sunday, February 2, 10am -5pm - Battle at 2pm

WHAT:
Seminole Tribe of Florida will present a reenactment of the Second Seminole War at the Big Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp Safari located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Reservation just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49.

TICKETS: $10 adults, $6 children 12 and under.

The battle reenactments honor the Seminole’s struggle and sacrifice to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War.

The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans,  tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, Seminole Stomp Dancing, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling.  “Period settlers” from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era.

Musical guests include: Okefenokee Joe, Benjamin Dehart (The Cracker Tenor) and Tim Charron.

WHEN: Friday, January through Sunday, February 2, 2014. The battle reenactments will take place at 11am and 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Friday is an educational day (no reenactments) special student rate is $4 and chaperones are free (1 free for 10 paying students).

WHERE: Billie Swamp Safari, located between Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on the Big Cypress Reservation just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 49.

WHO: In the 1800s, a total of three wars were fought by the U.S. military against the Seminoles.  These campaigns were the longest, costliest, and bloodiest of all the Indian wars.  Although many Seminoles were killed or removed to present-day Oklahoma, they were never defeated, and to this day, more than 3,000 Seminoles are known as “The Unconquered” Seminole Tribe of Florida.

 

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