Muscogee Nation of Florida
The Muscogee Nation of Florida Agri-Tourism Initiative preserves the world of Creek-Euchee Indian people who have lived in this area since it was Spanish West Florida. There is no Museum that documents our history, genealogy, traditions and ceremonies, day-to-day existence or our traditional stories, language, and songs. We are the living history of this area the children of the sun and we are the last of our kind. Our elders are passing at a rapid rate and there are very few knowledge keepers left who can document the many sides of our culture and traditions.
The need for this Agri-tourism initiative is critical to create a dedicated educational and cultural museum for students, researchers, residents and visitors to the area. We believe that it is the responsibility of our people to save our disappearing and changing culture in our own words and by our own people that can be properly shared to educate, empower and benefit all future generations.
A museum in an historic three-room schoolhouse will safely exhibit historical documents, interactively share tribal language and songs, exhibit Southeastern tribal arts, and create a film viewing area. Brochures will be printed for area Tourism Development Councils, resort areas, and to build Museum Friendships.
The project will develop a partnership in education relationship to enable on-site visits by local school children.
A 30-minute film and 7-minute short historical film(s) will be created and shared with PBS.
Four 360-degree display cabinets will be purchased for sharing artifacts, cultural clothing, shell carving symbols, etc. The Tribe will share over 10,000 evidentiary documents and 30,000 genealogical records in a supervised research area.
A Childrens Storybook will be printed for Public, Elementary and Middle School Libraries based on animal antics as life lessons.
The Tribal Archeologist will be hired to increase photographic history, create displays and a traveling exhibit, and curate the museum.
This will result in the only Indian museum in this area dedicated to Creek-Euchee people of the Choctawhatchee River. We were here before the first Scottish settlers arrived and we remain to this day. The way we stayed in our homeland despite Indian Removal Policies is a story of empowerment, determination, community strength, and education. Our ability to keep our culture and traditions as we struggled against the harshest racial activities across multiple generations is transformational knowledge that has its own lessons for the modern world. There is a separate and distinct way of life disappearing within this area but waiting to be shared and available to all people through this project.
The Micro Farm located on the 9 acres produces tilapia and hydroponic lettuce for sale as the economic arm of the Tribe. This eco-tourism farm will be part of the Museum tour and partnership in education. The tribal museum will set an entry fee and the Curator will create a Museum Friends Membership Group for fund raising and donations. The Farm can also be opened for venues as there is a cypress pond, walkway, and musician platform. Funding will be sought through other granting agencies.