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I had a write-up of Stubby, my three-legged flying squirrel. Everyone wants photos of him, so it will hopefully happen soon. I ordered a digital camera on-line and will get it around next week. Once I learn how to operate it, I can post photos of him. So the story about Stubby will be delayed.

Today I went over to the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe' in Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale. It was a good excuse for a road trip. The Okalee Museum is there, a satellite museum of the big Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum at Big Cypress Rez.

Here is an interesting souvenir I picked up there: Patches of Seminole patchwork dolls. At the ATTK Museum at Big Cypress right now, they have an exhibit on patchwork dolls and baskets. I think that exhibit will change in December, so visit it soon if you want to see it.

The exhibits have totally changed at the Okalee Museum. Gone are the patchwork clothing collection and dugout canoes. As you enter, there is a timeline of Seminole history. Curious I thought, that there is no mention of the Seminole Wars, the longest and most costly war the U.S. waged with a Native American Tribe.

The main exhibit in the museum was about gaming. Bingo, Seminole casinos, with a lot of casino related memorabilia on display. And a few casino machines sitting in the corner but not plugged in or operating.

I guess it is part of the tribal history now, and I think it is important to save some of that casino memorabilia for the museum collection. And I guess that it is appropriate that the museum at the Hard Rock has a display of casino history. But for myself, this aspect of Seminole cultural history interests me the least.

I know the Seminole Tribe has really benefited from the money generated from this. But am I over reacting because I am fatigued from hearing about the casinos and all the money it has generated? I will stick to the history, patchwork, and cultural survival in the Everglades.

In the back of the museum, there was a few panels and display about the Tribe's Historic Preservation Office, and the archaeological work they do. That is one thing that interests me. And I saw Pedro's Corn Lady sculpture on display. The Corn Lady is for sale and has a pretty hefty price tag. (Which Pedro well deserves.) If anyone wants to buy the Corn Lady, Pedro will definitely thank you for it!
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