MIAMI (CBS4) – Forty miles west of Miami lies a vital part of Florida’s history.

The Miccosukee Indian Village is more than 700 acres dedicated to the vibrant traditions of the Native American tribe.

The 37th Annual Miccosukee Indian Arts Festival got under way on Monday. The festival, created to present a positive awareness of the Miccosukee Tribe, will run through January 1st.

The event is geared especially toward South Florida’s younger community who may not know a lot about the ways of the Miccosukee. In addition to booths and booths of traditional jewelry and food, the festival features alligator demonstrations and dances which showcase the beauty of the Miccosukee culture.

It’s not just the Miccosukee’s that are a part of the festival. More than 50 tribes, some from as far away as Mexico and Guatemala, are represented at the festival.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Miccosukee Educational Fund and provide education programs for the development of Miccosukee youth.

The event takes place at the Miccosukee Indian Village located 18 miles west of Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. Tickets range from $9 to $13.  Click Here for more information.


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