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Calusa Heritage Day 2014
3/15/2014
Location: Calusa Heritage Trail

Ninth Annual Calusa Heritage Day

Mark your calendars and plan to attend Calusa Heritage Day on Saturday, March 15. This festval takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Calusa Heritage Trail, 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, located on scenic, historic Pine Island. Admission is free for RRC members and children under 12, and for all others admission is $5. Complimentary parking, including handicapped parking will be available the grounds.

> Speaker's Tent

Dr. Victor Thompson, known in Southwest Florida for his archaeological work at Pineland, Mound Key and Fort Center, has been chosen as keynote speaker. Describing himself as “interested in the ritual and ceremonial landscapes, subsistence systems, and the political development of the peoples who occupied these areas over extended time frames”, Thompson will talk about “Crafting the Ancient landscapes of South Florida and Beyond" at 11 a.m. in the Speaker's Tent and at 3 p.m. in the Classroom with his keynote address.

Continuing the landscape theme, at noon Nathan Lawres will give a talk entitled, “Reconceptualizing the Landscape: Changing Patterns of Land-use among the Seminole Indians.” Nathan is an advanced graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Florida.

At 1 pm, Dr. William Marquardt, Director of the Randell Research Center, will invite visitors to think about how seemingly mundane things can make important contributions to our understanding of the past, in his discussion of “Shells, Animal Bones, and the Stories They Tell.”

Finally, at 2 pm, Dr. Michael Savarese will discuss his current research on the effects of environmental change on oyster reef ecology. Dr. Savarese is Professor of Marine Science at Florida Gulf Coast University.

> On-going from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Florida Public Archaeology Network will host atlatl throwing and Calusa tool and weapon crafting demonstrations will take place. An atlatl is a very accurate throwing stick, developed long before bow and arrow, which was used by the Calusa and other pre-columbian Florida people. Children and adults will get to try the atlatl for distance and accuracy.

> Author's Area

The Author's Area will feature the authors of the some of the most interesting and engaging works related to native peoples.

James Snyder, author of "The Cross and the Mask" will read from his book and share insights he gained during his research into the book's material at 12:30. Jim Snyder is an author/historian based in Tequesta, FL. His first two books were the historical novel All God’s Children (1999) and a history book, The Faith and the Power(2002). In 2002 Snyder authored Life and Death on the Loxahatchee: The Story of Trapper Nelson, a book that has captivated South Florida and won the silver (second) prize in the Florida Publisher’s Association book-of-the-year awards. "The Cross and The Mask", is an historical novel about the dramatic clash of wills in the 16th century when the Spanish tried to colonize Florida.

Gerald Hausman, author and storyteller will present "Legends of the Earth" in the Author's Area at 1:30 p.m. Gerald is an author and storyteller of both adult and children's books. His books have received many awards in the category of Native America, Mythology, and West Indian culture. His more than 70 books attest to his love of folklore, a passion instilled by his mother who painted the portraits of Native American chiefs. His lively presentations, complete with a myriad of sound effects, have earned him praise from storytellers, speakers, writers, and listeners.

James Snyder, author of "The Cross and the Mask" will read from his book and share insights he gained during his research into the book's material. Jim Snyder is an author/historian based in Tequesta, FL. His first two books were the historical novel All God’s Children (1999) and a history, The Faith and the Power(2002). In 2002 Snyder authored Life and Death on the Loxahatchee: The Story of Trapper Nelson, a book that has captivated South Florida and won the silver (second) prize in the Florida Publisher’s Association book-of-the-year awards. "The Cross and The Mask", is an historical novel about the dramatic clash of wills in the 16th century when the Spanish tried to colonize Florida.

> Get on the water to learn about archaeology

Captiva Cruises and RRC will offer a narrated archaeological tour through Pine Island Sound from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. as part of Calusa Heritage Day. Tickets can be purchased at the festival March 15 or in advance. It’s $30 for adults and $20 for students. You’ll board the 45-foot Santiva, one of Captiva Cruises’ famous touring vessels, at the dock at Tarpon Lodge, across the street from the event after meeting your guide at the information tent.This event and partnership between Captiva Cruises and RRC lets Calusa Heritage Day attendees enjoy activities at the event and also to go out and get the feel of Pine Island Sound to learn even more about the Calusa.

> Attention artists and art lovers

Artists at Calusa Heritage Day will share interpretations and their work with attendees. Ancient Hands makes pottery and other art, including reproductions of works by pre-columbian artisans, and will be on hand to sell and explain their wares. Felix Macaguani Rodriguez will display his wood carving and bone implements inspired by early people of the area. Peter Sottong, whose information can be found at www.KeyMarcoCat.com, creates museum-quality reproductions of Calusa masks including those unearthed by Smithsonian archaeologist Frank Hamilton Cushing in 1896 on Marco Island. Dick Workman and Robin Brown will teach how make cordage from various plants and will be joined by special guests who will demonstrate basket making. Olde Tyme Crafts will be on hand to demonstrate historic-era crafts such as spool knitting, rag rugs, stick weaving, quilting, and knot tying, and will sell kits that will help you get started making your own creations. Dave McDonald of the Indian River Archaeological Society will share his shell tool replicas.

Calusa Tastings

From 12:30 to 2:30 you can sample foods eaten by the Calusa, including papaya and oysters and fish, flavored with chili peppers if you like. The oldest papaya seeds recovered in North America were excavated at Pineland, and chili pepper seeds dating to about 2000 years ago were unearthed here too. Information about the plants and animals you may sample are included in the free tastings.

> Exhibits from the Florida Museum of Natural History

Enjoy exhibits from the Florida Museum of Natural History at Calusa Heritage Day without leaving Lee County. Our Gainesville-based parent organization and state museum will loan exhibits for the event. The exhibits will be in the classroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and include displays on zooarchaeology and excavations that took place at RRC. Each exhibit will include experts to explain the material and some will include hands-on options.

> Learn About Southwest Florida History at Calusa Heritage Day.

Representatives of local historic and environmental organizations will be on hand to share information about SW Florida and their organizations. Participating facilities and organizations include the Mound House, J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves, Manatee Park, Calusa Land Trust, Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum, Lee County Conservation 2020, Cape Coral Historical Museum, Friends of Cayo Costa State Park, SW Florida Museum of History and Imaginarium Science Center, and Back Ten Feet.

> Tours of the Calusa Heritage Trail and Ethnobotany Tour

Walk the Calusa Heritage Trail with a trained docent to learn about the Calusa and their ancestors. Tours will start every half-hour beginning at 10:30 and ending at 3:00. Or, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., take part in a specialized tour to learn more plants and their uses by native people. These tours are family friendly and walking is involved.

> Come By Water: Calusa Heritage Day offers boat-tour option

> Captiva Cruises is offering a ride from Captiva Island’s McCarthy Marina across Pine Island Sound to the docks at Tarpon Lodge. This boat ride provides an effortless way for visitors and others on Sanibel and Captiva – and even south Fort Myers – to enjoy a day on Pine Island Sound and also attend Calusa Heritage Day without the hassle of driving.
The boat will depart McCarthy Marina at 10 a.m. Passengers will get a narrated tour of the harbor then enjoy lunch at the Tarpon Lodge before attending the festival. The lodge is across the street from the festival site. The boat will return passengers to Captiva after a two-hour stay. Fare for the boat ride, tour, and festival admission is $45 for adults, $35 for children; lunch is not included. Reservations are required by calling Captiva Cruises at (239) 472-5300.

> Food and Water
Food will be on sale by Pine Island favorites Little Lillie’s Island Deli and Mel Meo’s Fish Wagon. Free water will available throughout the grounds, and we encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and plan to stay the day!

Still have questions? Feel free to call us at (239) 283-2062 or 283-2157.

 

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