Meet Minnie Tigertail.
Like many members of the Miccosukee Tribe, Minnie has spent her entire life putting family first. A member of the Panther clan, she grew up in a traditional camp off of Tamiami Trail. Minnie stayed at her camp and had never come to the reservation in her early childhood, but when she was nine years old, she modeled in the fashion show at the Indian Arts & Crafts Festival. This was her first exposure to the vibrant life of her full community, and still to this day she remembers the long, lace dress she wore for the show. She fell in love with the life and culture of the Village and became a cashier in the gift shop. After leaving her position to start a family of her own, Minnie has returned to the Village 15 years later to demonstrate patchwork sewing for guests. She is hoping to shine more light on her culture and community, and plans on being part of a fight to bring back the same life and energy of the Village she fell in love with as a nine-year-old girl.
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