Ode to the Miccosukee Tribe - Lee Tiger - Sharing Your World

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Lee Tiger is playing piano. I did not know Tiger Tiger at the time of this recording. More than a decade later, I was privileged to join spirits.

Miccosukee Indian Village in the Everglades

Lee Tiger is the backup singer in this video recording of his band, Tiger Tiger. His brother, Steve is lead.

In the poem I posted, Becoming One with the Sun, I left a comment regarding why I chose the video that accompanies the poem. I spoke of having written a TV commercial for the Miccosukee Tribe. My Cherokee spirit was attracted to the Miccosukee spirit and I spent quite a bit of time there. At the time, Lee Tiger was the acting Chief. He has since become Chief. This poem is inspired by the spirit that entered my heart and my soul. I wrote this poem in 1985.


This is the result of thoughts of Lee Tiger.



It’s so rare

That you find

Someone

Who

Visits your Soul.


It may be

One Person in a million


But


God put him there

To

Reassure and

Remind

Us

Of the Reality

Of Love.


When this

Confirmation of Magic

Comes into my Life,


I know

It’s for a reason…


And it’s not up to me

To determine the Cause

Or analyze the Reason…


But

To enjoy the Experience

As long as it lasts.


Our abodes may be

Far apart…


But


Our Souls are neighbors.

And I’m going to

Drink up

Every drop

Of this wonderful,

Sweet nectar

That

We can share.




Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

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© 2012 Shauna L Bowling

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

An interesting work about Native tribes that you visited and your own, Cherokee, of which my ancestry is so joined. I also have Creek ancestors and feel akin to both. My mother's side of the family and my biological father's side are my benefactors. I was born to love the woods and all of its creatures. I have spent entire nights by myself as I hunted in the woodlands completely away from civilization. I always feel a strong connection to the native people and their ways. As a child I played alone and made bows and arrows from tree limbs. I hunted foxes and bobcats, as well as birds with my bow. I feel a strong attraction to arrow heads, artifacts, and pottery making as well, and have done the pottery making later in my life. Thank you for sharing this work and reminding me of from where I came.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Who, I am pleased that this poem has brought your heritage forth. I have a minuscule amount of Cherokee DNA, although I have Cherokee blood from both my mother's parents. (My great, great, great Grandfather was a Cherokee Chief). My spirit and soul seem to have been delivered by the Cherokee. Same with my brother.

I've written a couple of short stories inspired by the Cherokee spirit, one of which speaks of how I came upon my pen name. I have been bravewarrior since I was 9. My brother has had the Cherokee spirit lead his artwork. Take a visit when you have the time.

I now see I need to spend some time in your corner as well!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing your insight into Lee Tiger with us.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Mhatter. Thank you for reading and commenting!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a remarkable man with such a profound influence on you, to have touched your soul. Love the song too, Sha.

Voted UP and ABI. Love, Maria


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Maria, it was a magical time in my life. I'm so glad I was able to share!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

An excellent tribute poem, brave. Nicely done. :) Voted up and more.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, T. Nice to see you this morning!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for sharing. I've always been a big fan of Native Americans and have had the pleasure of having two Cherokees as friends. Nice tribute to Lee Tiger and great video. Passing this on.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Gyps, thank you so much for passing this on. Unlike the Florida Seminoles, the Miccosukee tribe has remained pretty much primitave. They have incorporated many of white man's ways, but have not marketed who they are with cigarette stands and casinos. They have not used their immunity to government for their gain. For that I respect them!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Hi Sha! How are you now? a lovely and amazing poem again :)


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

This is a beautiful hub. Thank you for sharing your experiences and the incredible people you have met on your journeys. Jamie


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Paul Kemp 4 years ago

I grew up in a neighborhood of Miami near the Miami River and there was a Miccosukee village or two living on the wild edges of suburbia, such as it was in the 1950s. It was nice to see them going about their business and earning some money selling their crafts, dolls, beautiful multi-colored shirts -- and demonstrating how to wrestle alligators and put them to sleep by rubbing their bellies.

I imagine they have been crowded out of the growing density and spread of bustling Miami. (I got out of there long ago.) It was great growing up with these real-life natives adding color and richness to my surroundings.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Spy! I apologize for my tardy response. Got sidetracked!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Jamie. I'm pleased to have met you on this side of my spectrum!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Paul, unlike the Seminoles, the Miccosukee tribe still holds true to their heritage. They still claim the land of the Everglades as their home. White man has not been able to force them into population. That is what is so beautiful. They remain as true to their heritage as they can in today's world. I was blessed to spend time with them.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Hehehe!!! Take care always!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

You, too my friend!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

This is so beautiful and I relate to each and every word.Feeling such a strong connection with these wondrous people is a rare gift and I feel so blessed.Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.This one I vvote across,up and share.

Eddy.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Very interesting, and fascinating poem! Your experience must have been the same..... Enjoyed it, Shauna. The only tribe I have had the privileged to meet is the Passamaquoddy tribe in eastern Maine. It was very interesting. Thanks for sharing this with us.....


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eddy, you're a doll. I grow to love you more and more each day. I'm so glad we are building a friendship. I've admired you from the first hub I read of yours! Enjoy your day, my friend!

Lizzie, I feel ashamed. I've not heard of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. Perhaps that's just too far north from anywhere I've lived. Can you tell me about them? Write a hub, maybe????? Hint hint!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

LOL, thanks for the hint! I want to, and it's in the back of my mind but I don't have all the facts about them. I was young at that time and was more fascinated by their colorful ceremonies then anything else, lol..... If I ever write about them, I want to make sure I do justice to them.... You know what I mean.?

And it is as far northeast as you can get. They are actually at the eastern most point of USA. So you can't get any further east than that, lol.....


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

I'll be waiting for it, Lizzie. Time for a little research???

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