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A most Excellent, well documented must-read, by ALL interested parties of Everglades and U.S. Indian history & lore: And, a :true-life experience - historical account - of the Miccosukee Indian Tribe, going back to the early 1920s of the authors life.The book is well co-written by primary author Buffalo Tiger and Harry Kersey.
Some background on how I know the above: I spent every spare minute, weekend and vacation of the first 25 years of my life in the FL. Everglades, hunting fishing and learning about conservation of it, from my mentor ("Stand-in Father") and famous Miamian, - now deceased - Mr. James ("Jim") H. Martin) Ret. Miami Police Captain and owner of a hunting cabin on Turner River Road. Which is 60 miles West of Miami on the Tamiami Trail; and, 6 miles South on T.R Rd.
We used to gig frogs with some Miccosukee Indians; however, I never met (now Chief) then Elder Buffalo Tiger until the Late Winter of 2003 (Early 2004 - Jan)...at his Airboat Tours "chickee" about 17-18 miles West of Miami on the "Trail". At which I time I had my photo taken with him and his book signed by him. Nor did I truly understand what these wonderful tribal Indian people suffer through, at the hands of our own U.S. government. At one point even wishing for their race to be "wiped from the face of the earth." Moreover, in a serious attempt to finally get official recognition from our government (and it worked)...their leaders visited Fidel Castro in 1959 after his coup takeover of Cuba. Of which I also was a historical party/witness to the revolution fleeing that country at the time of his takeover in a small plane with parents & 1 year older sister as my father was working there, and my mother (of Spaniard ancestry) was born there. I was 6 1/2 yrs. old.
I apologize for the length of this review, but, I felt you HAD to know at least this much. To date 01/17/14 Chief Tiger is alive and well and approximately 92 yrs. old. And relatives now own and manage his Buffalo Tiger Airboat Tour rides. Don't miss this fantastic tour, see it while it is STILL there: Take your good camera, plenty of film, and get the book. May the Almighty bless the Miccosukee's and all those trying to save our Everglades. R.J. Thompson Tallahassee FL.