Many of the families still choose to cook over an open first, so their cooking chickees are used three or four times a day. The four long cypress logs in the center of the first represent the circle of life. The first log is always pointed toward the east, and the rest are laid in the direction of the circle of life with their ends meeting at the center. As the logs burn, they are shoved closer together and more wood is added. The logs might last several months. Different from that of the nonIndian, a Miccosukee diet usually consists primarily of meat, rich and fish. Venison and duck are served when the hunting is good. Miccosukee women are noted for their delicious fry bread, pumpkin fry bread and other Indian breads.
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