Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and Billie Swamp Safari Gives Servicemen of USS Jason Dunham Complimentary Day Packages

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One hundred visiting serviceman of the USS Jason Dunham and their families will enjoy complimentary day packages by the Seminole Tribe of Florida to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and Billie Swamp Safari Friday, November 12, 2010. The package "Spend the Day with the Seminole's" includes entry to the museum, swamp buggy eco-tour, airboat ride and a swamp critter show.

One hundred servicemen from the USS Jason Dunham and their families will visit the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and “Spend the Day with the Seminoles” on Friday, November 12, 2010. The servicemen will start their tour at Billie Swamp Safari, ride the Airboat and Swamp Buggy, and then watch the Critter and Reptile Show. They will complete their visit at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum learn about the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s culture and history and see the newest exhibit “From Surviving to Thriving, an Everglades Economy.”

The 510-foot ship USS Jason Dunham will be commissioned on November 13 at the Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Navy’s missile destroyer is named after Marine Jason Dunham who heroically sacrificed his life during Operation Iraqi Freedom by using his helmet to cover a hand grenade dropped by an insurgent. His actions saved the lives of two fellow Marines.

“As an American and as a veteran, I am proud that the Seminole Tribe of Florida can express its thanks and support to those soldiers and sailors and their families who make daily sacrifices to keep this country safe from harm,” said Mitchell Cypress, Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum houses the nation’s largest display of the life and culture of the unconquered Florida Seminoles. The museum includes 5,000 square feet of exhibits in a modern museum adjacent to a cypress dome near the Florida Everglades. Visitors enjoy lifelike displays of how Seminoles lived in the 1800s, along with rare artifacts. Part of the Seminole collection on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is featured at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, including moccasins, leggings, turtle shell rattles, silverwork, beaded sashes, and medicine baskets. The Museum also has exhibits of its own holdings, including southeastern beaded shoulder bags and Seminole patchwork clothing.

Billie Swamp Safari is 2200-acre Everglades preserve where you can ride an Airboat and climb aboard a Swamp Buggy to experience the Florida Everglades and native wild life up close and personal. Enjoy a Snake and Alligator Show, Swamp Critter and Bird of Prey Show, watch traditional alligator wrestling and stay overnight in a Seminole Chickee.

Directions
Billie Swamp Safari and Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum are located on the Big Cypress
Seminole Reservation, midway between Fort Lauderdale and Naples off I-75 (Alligator Alley). Take I-75 to exit 49, and then drive north 16 miles.

For further information, contact Billie Swamp Safari at 800-Go-Safari (in the US and Canada) or 863-983-6101 (international.) Visit us online at http://www.swampsafari.com http://www.ahtahthiki.com

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