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HOUSTON'R.'CYPRESS'– YAHALÉTKE

LOVE THE EVERGLADES MOVEMENT

Houston Cypress grew up in the swamps of the Florida Everglades.  The endangered beauty of the natural environment made such an impression on him during his childhood – being a refuge for his ancestors and the source of traditional plans medicines – that today he articulates strategies for preserving this World Heritage Site.

Houston Cypress is a Two@Spirit Poet, Artist, and Activist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.  He resides on the Miccosukee Reservation located west of Miami, Florida; and he maintains a number of traditional villages located on tree islands scattered throughout Water Conservation Area 3A – the area known as the historic River of Grass, and called by his community:  KAAHAYATLE, which can be translated as “Shimmering Waters.”  He combines art, communications, and spirituality through an organization that he helped to create, known as the LOVE THE EVERGLADES MOVEMENT