Power & Perseverance

A celebration of Indigenous women debuts on International Women’s Day, March 8.

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Lisette Morales’ "A Grandmother’s Prayer," courtesy of History Fort Lauderdale

History Fort Lauderdale is adding a textured layer to Women’s History Month this March. Beginning March 8—International Women’s Day—the organization will present “Beyond the Shimmering Waters: Everglades + Immokalee Photography” by award-winning photographer Lisette Morales. Created entirely in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the visual narrative explores how Indigenous people promote respect for the planet and highlights portraits of female figures such as Miccosukee grandmother and Everglades conservationist Betty Osceola. “As we start a second year of the pandemic, it is my hope that we stay healthy and find peace by connecting with nature and art,” says Morales, whose activism dates back to the early ’90s, when she traveled through war-torn areas of Central America. “Beyond the Shimmering Waters” is on display until May 28 in the New River Inn and is available to view digitally via History Fort Lauderdale’s YouTube channel. – By Nila Do Simon