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Posted on 05/07/2013

Third Annual Seminole Okalee Indian Village Pow-wow to Take Place May 16 – 18 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

 

Cultural Festival to Feature Exhibition Pow-wow Dancing and Competition, Alligator Wrestling, Wildlife and Snake Shows, Native American Crafts Marketplace and More

 

Hollywood, Fla. (May 7, 2013) – The third annual Seminole Okalee Indian Village Pow-wow will take place May 16 – 18 at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This thrilling three-day event will showcase the rich history of the Seminole Tribe and other Native American Tribes from all over the United States through exhibition Pow-wow dancing and competitions, wildlife and snake shows, a Native American crafts marketplace, traditional food and more.

 

Gates will open on Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. with a wildlife and snake show and a deep water alligator wrestling show at the Seminole Okalee Indian Village Amphitheater. At noon each afternoon in Hard Rock Live, Seminole Tribe of Florida Council and board representatives, dignitaries, veterans and royalty including Little Miss and Mr. Seminole, Miss and Jr. Miss Seminole will participate in a grand entry invocation to start the official dancing competition. Native American Tribes including Kiowa, Comanche, Lakota, Chippewa, Oneida, Cherokee and Cree will be traveling from California, North Dakota, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New York to join Seminole Tribe of Florida competitors.  Men will be judged in Traditional, Grass and Fancy categories while women will compete in Traditional, Jingle and Fancy Shawl categories. The dancers will be accompanied by Southern Drums from Rose Hill and Northern Drums from Mandaree. Additional wildlife and snake shows and alligator wrestling shows will take place throughout the weekend in between Pow-wow dancing segments. Winners of the competition will be announced at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

 

Alligator wrestling started as a survival technique by the Seminole Indians to capture and transport live alligators back to their camps for food. Generations later, this technique has evolved into a spectator sport that rivals the dangers of any contact sport today.

 

A diverse assortment of Seminole Indian and other Native American vendors will also be selling handmade Native American arts and crafts inside Hard Rock Live, and freshly prepared traditional Seminole Indian food will be available at Seminole Okalee Indian Village.

 

The third annual Seminole Okalee Indian Village Pow-wow is open on Thursday, May 16 from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m.  -  9:30 p.m.

 

Admission is $12 for adults (13 – 54), $10 for seniors (55+), $8 for children (5 – 12) and free for children ages four and under. Seminole Tribe of Florida members, Miccosukee Tribe of Florida members and Seminole Tribe of Florida employees are free (must show Tribal and/or employee ID). Tickets will be available each day at Seminole Okalee Indian Village and at the Hard Rock Live box office.

 

For more information about the Seminole Okalee Indian Village Pow-wow, please contact Jennifer Osceola at 954-797-5582 or via email at jenniferosceola@semtribe.com  or visit www.semtribe.com .

 

About Seminole Okalee Indian Village

Seminole Okalee Indian Village was established in the 1960s as one of the first enterprises and eco tourism attractions of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. It provided a place for employment and a location for retail sales for the Tribe's arts and craft products. It also allowed the Tribe to showcase its culture and educate the public about the traditional lifestyles of Seminoles when they lived in the Everglades in the 1800s.  Now located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the outdoor attraction is built around traditional Seminole "chickee" huts and pathways through a natural habitat emulating the Florida Everglades. It showcases up-close panthers, bears, alligators, crocodiles, otters, tortoises, snakes and birds of prey plus exhibits that are part of the Seminole wildlife experience. Seminole Okalee Indian Village also showcases a prestigious collection of Seminole cultural and historical artifacts and offers authentic handmade items such as dolls, basketry, clothing, bead-work and woodcraft all produced by Seminole Tribal members in its gift shop. Proud of its history and heritage, the Tribe is equally proud of its progress. Come see how the Seminoles formed a bridge to the future by honoring the past.

 

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to PLAYHARD!  Play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida's ultimate entertainment destination. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold 'em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, over 2,500 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player's Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef's Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold 'em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock's 141 globally recognized rock 'n' roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 17 restaurants, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, Rock Spa, 21 boutique shops, 12 bars, nightclubs and lounges, the 350-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com or www.facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood .    

 

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Schedule

 

 

Thursday,  May 16

 

 

10 a.m. -    Gates Open

 

11 a.m. -    Wildlife, Snake and Alligator Wrestling shows

                    at OIV Amphitheatre

 

Noon  -      Grand Entry

                    Invocation

                    Veterans

                    Dignitaries

                    Royalty

 

12:30 p.m.-   Pow-wow Begins

 

1:30 p.m. -    Pow-wow Continues

 

2:30 p.m. -    Pow-wow Ends

 

3 p.m. -       Wildlife, Snake and Deep Water Alligator

                     Wrestling Shows (OIV Amphitheater)

 

5:30 p.m. -    Pow-wow Grand Entry

 

7 p.m.-          Pow-wow Continues

 

8 p.m. -         Pow-wow Ends

 

8:30 p.m. -    Gates Close

 

Friday & Saturday, May 17 & 18

 

 

11 a.m. -    Gates Open

 

Noon -       Wildlife, Snake and Alligator Wrestling shows

                    at OIV Amphitheatre

 

1 p.m.  -     Grand Entry

                    Invocation

                    Veterans

                    Dignitaries

                    Royalty

 

1:30 p.m.-    Pow-wow Begins

 

2:30 p.m. -    Pow-wow Continues

 

3:30 p.m. -   Pow-wow Ends

 

4 p.m. -      Wildlife, Snake and Deep Water Alligator

                    Wrestling Shows (OIV Amphitheater)

 

5:30 p.m. -    Pow-wow Grand Entry

 

7 p.m.-          Pow-wow Continues

 

8 p.m. -         Pow-wow Ends

 

8:30 p.m. -  Wildlife, Snake and Deep Water Alligator

                     Wrestling Shows (OIV Amphitheater)

 

9:30 p.m. -    Gates Close