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There are days of the week when I am awakened to the fact that I do not know which day of the week it is. Lacking the structure of a regimented life, there are no calendars posted, due dates or scheduled activities of any kind. However, I always know when it is Sunday. Sundays ground me.
Growing up, my family was in many ways probably like yours. Monday through Friday were work days. Be it the labors of a full time job or school, my single mom, brother and I ...
We continued on the Tamiami Trail (named because it was the first road built between Tampa and Miami) which is an amazing road in that it cuts right through the dense swamps of the Everglades. The traffic is much lighter than on the Alligator Alley (route 75) which parallels this route to the north. All along one side of the Tamiami Trail is a deep trench ...
Istonko all! That means hello in Creek, a Seminole dialect.
I'm so excited! I've been listening to alot of Native American flute during my stay here, and it strikes me as deeply spiritual music. There's something about it that really just gently shakes your core, if you know what I mean. And while I've been listening to all of this Native American music, I've been thinking of Macbeth and the theme of fate in the play.
I've been going with Hesutu to the daily performances and presentations that she gives on the reservation for visitors. In the beginning, I think I was as entertained as everyone else was in the crowd. It was like the fictional world of Indians that we grew up with as kids was a reality. However, I never forget that these performances are geared towards entertaining people, not necessarily teaching them about the Seminole ...
Well, it's been a crazy past month and a half! I know the last time I said I’d check in with you all was about a month ago, but I just got so busy with school apps and funding for my trip that I never got the chance to blog. I’ve been staying at the Big Cypress Reservation Lodgings with my Seminole friend, Hesutu. In case you wanted to know what that means in her language, it translates as "yellow jacket's ...