The Seminole Tribe has a far richer history in Florida than its blockbuster casinos. Current-day Seminoles emerged from a small group of 200, who defiantly hid in the swampy marshes of the Everglades rather than be forced to relocate to territories in the Midwest. Starting Friday, the Seminole Tribe welcomes visitors to celebrate its storied history in Florida with its annual Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow. The festivities will be held in two locations — at the Hard Rock Live Arena and at the parking lot adjacent to the Hooters on the eastside parking lot — and will consist of native arts, crafts, foods, and music. This year, the fair has expanded to include a powwow dance competition that’s open to native people of every tribe (and offers more than $150,000 worth of prizes). The powwow will feature a drum competition as well, and the festivities also include alligator wrestling, wildlife shows, and the ever-popular Little Mr. and Miss Seminole Contest (open to 5- to 7-year-old contestants).
Immerse yourself in Native American culture starting Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, located at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Free event. Visit semtribefairandpowwow.com, or call 866-625-5374.
Fri., Feb. 6, 2015