Interpreter teaches Native American culture
KISSIMMEE, Fla .– Off the waters of Lake Tohopekaliga, one can hear the calming sounds of music and the slight chipping of handmade tools.
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- Oskwanontona Pia Roya with Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures carries on family tradition by teaching culture at the indigenous village of Jororo
- Roya’s mother’s family was from the Mowhawk tribe and her father was from the Comanche nation
- Roya says it’s essential to have a passion for what you do for a living, which he has found teaching others about his heritage.
“My first memory is when I was 5 or 6, watching my dad put spikes on those arrowheads,” said Oskwanontona Pia Roya, better known as Little Big Mountain.
TO Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, he perpetuates a family tradition by teaching the culture of the tribes of yesteryear in the indigenous village of Jororo.
He is the fourth generation of artists in his family and the youngest of six children.
His family has traveled the country to play and teach Native American culture. Now he’s doing it here at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures.
“A lot of the things that I do here that I show are life skills that I have been taught to pass from generation to generation,” Roya said.
Taking his skills and presenting a living history teaching from his parents’ legacy – his mother’s family from the Mohawk tribe and his father from the Comanche nation.
“My mom and dad crossed the ocean on tour: Germany, Holland, Switzerland,” Roya said.
Living on the property, Roya continues her parents’ legacy by creating an authentic look at how these tribes lived before this land was colonized.
He lives off the land and carries on a tradition that he hopes will continue for many generations to come.
“You have to be passionate about what you do for a living,” Roya said. “I was always excited to learn everything and to find that excitement in someone else to learn the things I was taught really satisfies me.”
Little Big Mountain operates separately from Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. Head to the website to find more information on how you can experience his demonstrations.