HOLLYWOOD — Even before they met any Seminoles on the ground, a group from the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas got a good idea from the sky as to what’s been happening on the Hollywood Reservation.
As their flight was approaching Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, they took photos of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood’s new guitar-shape hotel that soars into the sky. They said they loved the color and the lights and that it makes a statement.
The group’s itinerary during its visit in late June included visiting Hard Rock and meeting with its officials as well as a stop at the Hollywood Community Culture Center. PBPN is in the midst of a casino expansion of its own.
“We want to better our relationship with the Seminoles and learn from them, learn their culture and pick up some business pointers,” said Chago Hale, a member of the board of directors for PBPN Entertainment Corp.
The group of five was treated to Seminole favorites frybread and sofkey before learning about Seminole sewing, patchwork and cooking while guided along by Culture Center manager Bobby Frank.
“They have really nice machines and lots of resources,” said Hattie Mitchell, PBPN Entertainment Corp’s board treasurer. “We want to look like this.”
“It’s always nice to meet other tribes and see their traditions and their ways,” Hale said. “Our elders could come here and do a cultural exchange. They would love something like that.”