For this book I made many trips
into the River of Grass to spend time with Buffalo
Tiger, a wonderful old man who had grown up in the
Everglades without ever speaking to a white kid until
he was 14. I spent hour after hour interviewing him.
Buffalo had been the chief of the Micossukee Tribe
for 35 years, and even today at 82 he still runs his
own airboat service on the Tamiami Trail just west