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Billy Cypress

Posted By Sage Gee, Monday, April 21, 2014

 

 

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It says something about a person who will dedicate their life to a purpose that the strongly believe in. Billy Cypress is that person. He was the first member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida to receive a four year college degree. He worked hard to inform the public about the legends and customs of his tribe. He spent many years educating the tribe’s Head Start program and worked 28 years in the education section at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He found love in his role as founder and director of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum, the first tribally governed museum to be recognized by the American Associations of Museums. The museum is a grand architecture structure, it is 60 acres of the Cypress Reservation in the Everglades and contains the largest collection of Seminole artifacts and is recognized nationwide.

I want to dedicate my garden to him because he was a dedicated man. He dedicated his whole life to make sure his people had a voice and to make people believe in his purpose.  This is why I dedicated my garden to him and his efforts.   I decided to plant my garden by a beautiful lake surrounded by trees. I chose this location because I believe that Billy found peace in himself in his life long dream. The lake represents calm and serenity and judging by the interviews of people who knew of Billy , he was a calm and passionate man. The Seminole believes that everyone has dreams and to ask for guidance. Billy Cypress had a dream and he helped guide others to see his dream by making it come to life.





 

 

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