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At the Miami Film Festival, a look at a disappearing way of life in the Everglades

At the Miami Film Festival, a look at a disappearing way of life in the Everglades

Donnie Onstad’s airboat skims to a halt on the sawgrass marsh, and his headlamp surveys the dark swamp for signs of life. He cuts the deafening motor, plunges a spear into the water and, seconds later, examines a pierced and writhing frog.

“Here we are, probably 14 miles from downtown Miami, out in the middle of the Everglades sticking frogs,” Onstad says, a grin forming below his white handlebar mustache, in the opening minutes of the new documentary “Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys.” “Best camaraderie in the world right here.”

Onstad belongs to a dwindling culture in the Florida Everglades called the Gladesmen, families of swamp-dwelling men and women who make...

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