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iRandell Research Center
Native Plants Enhance Pineland Facilities
Community landscaping effort will beautify, educate
by Bill Marquardt
nI M QU tI over two dozen volunteers .
planted native trees and shrubs around the RRC's
new teaching pavilion and parking lot. Rick Joyce
organized the event, and several local nurseries
donated plants for the occasion. Mark Dean of
Palmco provided 20 free Paurotis palms, and has, -g "
agreed to donate coconut palms to restore the .
historic appearance of the roadway that once led .
to the citrus packing barn. Soaring Eagle .
Nursery donated wild tamarinds, satin leafs, and
seagrapes. Forestry Resources donated 250
pounds of fertilizer and 100 cubic yards (a semi- .-L b" ..
trailer load!) of mulch. All Native Garden Center ...
donated a red mulberry tree. Deep South Native By the end of the day, more than 250 plants Some of the 25 volunteers who showed
Nursery donated more than 50 plants and lots of had been installed, fertilized, mulched, and up on May 1 for planting day at the RRC
labor. Pine Breeze Nursery also donated plants watered. The native vegetation not only looks (photo by W. Marquardt).
and labor. In addition to RRC volunteers, staff, attractive, but on the long term, it will be easy to
and students, we were pleased to see several maintain. We intend to continue to work at the Randell Research Center will enjoy the native
members of the local chapter of the Florida ridding the site of invasive exotic plants, while plants and also take the opportunity to learn
Native Plant Society. encouraging natives. Our hope is that visitors to more about them.
Cubans and Creek Indian
People in Southwest Florida
by John Worth
DIT 1,JTi April, I returned to Cuba to conduct
more archival research at the Archivo Nacional
de Cuba in Havana, and also to re-visit the Arimao
River valley near Cienfuegos during the dry
season. Generously funded by Paul F. Miller, Jr.
and the Useppa Island Historical Society, the
trip resulted in considerable progress toward
understanding details of the Cuban fishing
industry in Southwest Florida. In addition to
finding the first documented reference inside
Cuba to Useppa Island's most famous Cuban
resident-Jose Maria Caldez-I came across a
number of references to the regular transport of
Creek Indians back and forth to Havana on
Cuban sloops and schooners, beginning at least
as early as the 1770s and lasting as late as 1836.
These so called "Spanish Indians" were cousins
of the ancestral Seminole and Miccosukee
Indians, whose descendants would not arrive
in South Florida until half a century later. The
Havana archives are rich in documentation of
these people, who ultimately intermarried with
the Cubans, but who were expelled from Florida
along with most of the Seminoles in the 19th
century. Their story complements that of the
previous fisherfolk of Southwest Florida, the
Calusa, whose destiny was also connected to
Cuba. I plan to explore these and other subjects
during my summer research trip to Spain.
Author wearing the new RRC hat on its first
visit to the Arimao River valley near
Cienfuegos, Cuba (photo by J. O'Hear).
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Pits and Postmolds
A Glimpse of a 1500-year-old Calusa Home
by John Worth
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Analysis is still underway, but patterning is
evident in the distribution of these features,
including a generally linear array of basin-shaped
pits, ranging from oval to circular, and normally
less than 20" wide and 20" deep. At least two
of these pits were used for burning, including
an obvious hearth with a central core of ash,
an outer ring of partially charred black material,
and an upper fill of sand and trash. Other pits were, .
simply filled in with sand and trash. Stains from -. .
rotted or burned posts are ubiquitous, including
many smaller posts (about 4") and a number of
by John Paeno
This SpT in was exciting at the research
center. Since our last report in March, we had
over 1,000 school children and adults tour our
site, with a conservative estimate of 500 at the
Calusa Festival alone. The Festival featured
information booths (Mote Marine, Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Ding
Darling National Wildlife Reserve, Gaea Guides,
Dick Workman, Robin Brown, Irv Quitmyer,
Steve Tutko), tours of the archaeological dig,
walking tours of the site, Tarpon Lodge restau
rant specials, a sunset cruise, door prizes, and
previews of the art work that will be on signs
along the Calusa Heritage Trail, provided by
Synergy Design Group (Merald Clark, Cyndi
Moncrief, John LoCastro) (see photos, elsewhere
in this newsletter).
We also offered many outreach programs,
reaching hundreds more people at sites ranging
from libraries to festivals. Our volunteers logged
over 1,000 hours this spring for the dig and other
activities. In addition to the May Day planting,
we completed our bridge over the canal, and
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our gravel trails have now been laid. The new
fence is almost complete, and we will soon
begin building the observation platform on top
of Brown's Mound. I hope to see you soon at
Visitors to Calusa Festival view displays at RRC's new teaching pavilion, March 21, 2004
(photo by W. Marquardt).
Now that we are developing our infrastructure,
there are some things that we could use on
site such as a golf cart or work cart for main-
tenance and repairs, a riding lawn mower to
keep the grounds around the pavilion trimmed,
a portable generator for lights and pumps at
excavation sites, and a chipper to be used in
exotic plant removal and to produce mulch
for our trails. If you wish to donate a piece of
equipment, please contact Jennifer Jennings
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RRC Welcomes New Office Manager
by John Worth
W e at the RR, C are pleased to
welcome Jennifer Jennings to our staff. Jennifer
is taking over as office manager at the head
quarters building, with duties ranging from
volunteer coordination and membership database
maintenance to scheduling and bulk mailing.
Jennifer has lived on Pine Island for 11 years.
During that time she has been a manager at
Goff Communications, and she also managed
Matlacha Art Gallery and worked at Koucky
Gallery & McGowan's Farm. She has been active
in the local community, working with the Greater
Pine Island Chamber of Commerce and its Mango
Mania event from 2002 to 2004. She was crowned
Mango Queen in 2003. She is also a 5th grade
volunteer at Pine Island Elementary.
Jennifer's husband Craig is a chef at Rondell's
Restaurant in Matlacha. Her son Scott will be
attending Ida S. Baker this fall, with daughters
Rhea at Diplomat Middle and Jacque at Pine
Jennifer Jennings, 2003 Mango Queen, presents
mangoes to Lee County Commissioners. Left
to right: Commissioners Bob Janes, Andy
Coy, RayJudah, QueenJennifer, Commissioners
Doug St. Cerny, John Albion (photo by Leoma
Lovegrove for the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce).
Bonita Bay Gro
Paul G. Benedu
Charles B. Edw
William H. Mar
Lee Ann Newso
Robert A. Wells
New and Renewing Friends of the RRC
from February 16 to May 31, 2004
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99) ($100-$499) Randall & Christian Briggs Barbara Blanl
up P. M. Blackwell J. C. & Wendy Dewing Robert H. Fus
s Harold & Deborah Bruner Robert & Linda Edic Mark C. John;
mers Charles B. Dalton Marty & Deborah Fairley Anne Kacerov
9) Edison Garden Club William S. Gutek III R.S. Laubeng
m, Jr. Stan & Mary Farnham Michael S. Hammond, Jr. Susan Lauber
yards Four Points Editing LLP Bud & Shirley House Elise LeComp
quardt Friends of the Englewood Micheal Jastrzebski Alan C. Pape
m Library Robert & Amy Kasdan Mary Ann Sec
Historical Gene & Evelyn Hemp Arlene & Jacob Miller Carole Traver
Hendry Law Firm Robert & Elaine Mooney Stephanie D.
SJr. Bob & Jackie Kish Myrtle & John Orzalli
embers Richard & Marilyn Merritt Debi & Joe Peloso
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Ed & Gloria Winn Kent & Carol Tarrier
Calusa Festival Snapshots
Author and retired physician Robin Brown
explains Florida Indian crafts.
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Several organizations and businesses were on
hand to greet Calusa Festival visitors, including
Gaea Guides, which specializes in guided
kayak nature tours.
Merald Clark of Synergy Design Group explains
how he does his artist's conceptions of
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Zooarchaeologist Irv Quitmyer shows how
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