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Artist depiction of Smith Mound, Calusa burial site. (By Merald Clark)

Calusa Heritage Day

March 25, 2017

Calusa Heritage Day will be back on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include the first public tours on the parcel that contains the Smith (burial) mound.

Smith Mound / Low Mound Tours: 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:15, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30

 • Harbor History boat tours with Captiva Cruises and Denége Patterson are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The fee for these tours is $35 per adult and $25 per child under 12, in addition to the festival entry fee. Make your reservation now by calling Captiva Cruises: (239) 472-5300.

 • Speaker’s tent:

10:15 am  Opening music by Grammy Award winner Kat Epple

10:30 am  Dr. Torben Rick (Smithsonian Institution) "Archaeology and the Future of our Planet"

11:15 am  Musical interlude by Grammy Award winner Kat Epple

11:30 am  Ms. Rachael Kangas (Florida Public Archaeology Network) "Tidally United Citizen Science: The Heritage Monitoring Scouts Florida Program"

12:15 pm  Musical interlude by Grammy Award winner Kat Epple

12:30 pm  Dr. William Marquardt (Randell Research Center, Florida Museum of Natural History) "The Calusa and Their Legacy: What have we learned LATELY?"

1:15 pm  Musical interlude by Grammy Award winner Kat Epple

1:30 pm  Mr. Merald Clark (Artist and Anthropologist) "The Talking Dead: Imagining Lost Worlds"

2:15 pm  Musical interlude by Grammy Award winner Kat Epple

2:30 pm  Dr. Torben Rick (Smithsonian Institution) "Archaeology and the Future of our Planet"

 • Historic preservation, conservation, and other organizations will be on hand to share information.

 • Calusa Tastings: Sample shellfish and fruit enjoyed by the Calusa at Pineland over 1,000 years ago.

 • Local replicators will help you learn how to twine, make baskets, and more.

 • Children will enjoy Calusa-inspired crafts.

 • Artists Peter Sotong, Felix Rodríguez, and Marty Haythorn will have their works for sale.

 • Classroom displays will feature findings from recent archaeological investigations.

 • Food will be available from Little Lilly’s Island Deli and The Perfect Cup.

 • Free water will be available. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

 • Admission is $5 per person, and free for RRC members and children ages 11 and under.

 • It takes place on the grounds of the Calusa Heritage Trail at 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, with parking on-site. Please consider carpooling with your friends, family, and neighbors.

 • For more information, call 239-283-2062.

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