Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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'Randell Research Center

Calusa Heritage Day Brings Hundreds to Pineland

Fourth Annual Event Delivers Fun and Learning

by Bill Marquardt

Over 400 people visitedthe
Calusa Heritage Trail at the Randell Research
Center on February 21 and were treated to
fabulous weather and a diverse offering of
displays and activities. The classroom had
exhibits on archaeology, archaeobotany, and
zooarchaeology by Donna Ruhl, Irv Quitmyer,
Melissa Ayvaz, Krista Church, Gypsy Price, Ryan
Van Dyke, and Austin Bell. In the Authors and
Storytellers tent, presentations were given by Ed
Winn, Gene Toncray, Tom Joseph, Roothee
Gabay, D.L. Havlin, Robin Brown, Holly Moulder,
and John and Mary Lou Missal. In the Art and '
Technology area, there were demonstrations by
Merald Clark and Cyndi Moncrief, Felix
Macaguani Rodriguez, Dick Workman, John
Beriault, Robin Brown, Janelle Lowry, and David i.
Lainko. Elizabeth Neily, Marty Haythorn, and
Linda Davis exhibited their art works, and John
McKinney made palm-leaf baskets and hats.
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Donna Ruhl (top left) speaks about Florida's ancient
canoes to an overflow crowd in the RRC classroom.
(Photo byM. Nanney.)
Janelle Lowry (above) demonstrates the manufacture
of stone tools. (Photo byM. Nanney.)
Florida Museum zooarchaeologist Irv Quitmyer (left)
shows visitors what can be learned from the bones and
shells found in archaeological sites. (Photo byM. Nanney.)
Author Tom Joseph (below) talks about his historical
novel in the Authors and Storytellers tent. (photo byM.

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Karen Walker, Margi
Nanney, and Janelle
Havlin served
"Calusa Tastings"-
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papaya. Mel Meo, Ruhl and research assistants
Fred Lodsin, and Melissa Ayvaz, Krista Church,
Phil Schultz offered Gypsy Price talk with visitors
about current research and
fresh-cooked food curation activities related to th
that was much Pineland site. (Photo by W. Marqu
appreciated by all.
Guided tours were conducted by RRC docents Deneg
Patterson, Jim Cherfoli, and Mary Banks. There were
information tables hosted by many local environmer
and eco-tourism organizations, a historical exhibit o
the Ruby Gill House and Pineland Post Office by Gla(
Schneider and Pineland Postmaster Gina Poppell, an
information table manned by Steve Tutko, special
activities for children organized by Diane Maher, anm
demonstration of how archaeologists sift for
artifacts staffed by David and Pat Townsend An
overflow crowd of more than 60 heard featured
speaker Donna Ruhl discuss Florida's ancient
canoes. On March 1, with expert guidance from
Robin Brown and John Beriault, we fired the
pottery that had been made on Calusa Heritage
Day. Special thanks to Michael Wylde, who
organized this year's successful events. Michael
was ably assisted by Mark Chargois, Linda Heffner,
and Nick Paeno. The Anthropology Club from
Florida Gulf Coast University helped immensely
with a variety of tasks. If you were not able to join
us for this year's activities, please plan to come to
next year's Calusa Heritage Day. Watch for details
on our web site, www.flmnh.ufl.edu/RRC.

Florida Museum research assistant Austin Bell
(right) explains how clam shells found in
archaeological sites can provide information on
past diet and climate. Also pictured is Florida
Museum research assistant Ryan Van Dyke
(center). (Photo by M. Nanney.)




Karen Walker offers visitors a sample of foods
that were eaten by the Calusa Indians. (Photo byW.
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Visitors learn about Lee County's "Great
Calusa Blueway," a marked canoe and
kayak trail. The Calusa Heritage Trail is
listed as a destination on the Blueway map.

Artist-anthropologist Merald Clark explains his
artwork and reconstructions of Calusa artifacts.
(Photo byM. Nanney.)

Present-day Pineland postmaster Gina Poppell
shows a display on the historic Ruby Gill House.
Ruby Gill was Pineland's postmaster from 1925
to 1957. (Photo byM. Nanney.)

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harden the pottery. The vessels being fired were
made by visitors and volunteers during Calusa
Heritage Day the week before. (Photo by K. Walker.)

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David Lainko demonstrates how to throw a
hunting dart using the atlatl (throwing stick).
(Photo by M. Nanney.)

Ethnobotany of the Calusa Heritage Trail

The Gumbo-limbo Tree

by Martha Loomis Kendall, Ph.D., Florida
Master Gardener

Ethnobod d l is the scientific study of the
interaction betweenliving people, plants, and
culture, focusing on how plants are used, managed,
and perceived. Components include food, medicine,
shelter, fishing, hunting, textiles, clothing, religion,
mythology, and magic. This and future articles will
introduce you to the historical importance that the
native Florida plants growing on the Pineland site
held for past people. Plants create their own chemical
components that can be nutritious, poisonous,
hallucinogenic, or therapeutic, and humans have
been accumulating knowledge of plants and their
uses for thousands of years.
The gumbo-limbo (Bursera simaruba) is a large
semi-tropical tree with coppery red, shaggy bark
that peels off in paper-thin strips. In South Florida
it has been called the "tourist tree" because, like
the sunburned visitor, it has red, flaking "skin." On
many Caribbean islands today, the bark is a common
topical treatment for sunburn as well as skin sores,
measles, insect bites, and rashes. A tincture of the
bark also functions as an antidote for poisonwood
rash, poison ivy, and mango dermatitis. A bark
decoction is taken internally for urinary tract
infections, colds, flu, sun stroke and fevers. The
Calusa may have used the bark in a similar fashion.
Other parts of the tree have also been used.
Escalante Fontaneda, who lived among the Calusa,

Visitors enjoy the interpretive sign next to a stand of gumbo limbo trees. Brown's Complex
Mound 2 is to the right. (Photo by M. Nanney.)
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may have meant the gumbo-limbo when he described
"el palo para muchas cosas" (a wood for many things).
He noted that the sap or resin was used as a medicine,
to ward off evil spirits, to safe-guard canoes from
wood-boring shipworms, and as glue. Small birds,
attracted to the tree for its fruits, were described to
have been captured by spreading the tree's sap on
its branches. Small birds landing on the limbs would
get stuck, enabling hunters to remove the birds for
food or to be sold or bartered. There is also the possi-
bility that gumbo-limbo was used for logs, posts,

and pilings in home building. The wood may have
been carved into medicinal bowls or other items.
It is the primary wood used in carousel horses today.
The Calusa mounds and surrounding areas are
filled with this beautiful tree. When you take your
next walk on the Calusa Heritage Trail, be sure to
note these massive specimens. Although they
only a few decades old, they are a wonderful
reminder of the many possible ancient roles that
the gumbo-limbo played in the lives of the Calusa
and their ancestors.

New and Renewing Friends of the RRC from
December 1, 2008 through March 4, 2009
(Please let us know of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your support.)

Sustaining Members
($5,000 -$19,999)
Paul & Warren Miller
Supporting Members
($1,000 $4,999)
Peter A. Bergsten
William H. Marquardt
Sponsoring Members
($500 $999)
Bill & Norma Pretsch
Bob & Mary Rude
Beverly & Jon Sensbach
Stephen Tutko
Karen I. Walker

Contributing Members
($100- $499)
Marion Almy/A.C.I.
Cindy Bear
Joseph P. Brinton III
Robin & Jan Brown
Jefferson Chapman
Merald Clark & Cyndi
Greater Pine Island
Chamber of Commerce
Edith Marquardt Cuda
Gene & Evelyn Hemp
Fred & Elaine Jette
Carole Kircher
Janet Levy
Thomas Mclntosh

Robert N. McQueen
Margi Nanney
Denege Patterson
David & Darbee Percival
Anne Reynolds
Donna L. Ruhl
Jerry Stonham
Dan & Kay Van Riper
Kathy Vande Ree
Ann & Bill Wollschlager
Family Members
Jeff & Carlota Barwick
Robert & Anne Boomer
Paul & Mary Douglass
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Karl & Cecy Rice
Carole Z. Scott
Herb & Betty Seidel
Tom & Pat Vander Velde
John & Sally VanSchaick
Norris & Nancy Williams
Edward & Gloria Winn
Warm Mineral
Springs/Little Salt Spring
Archaeological Society
Individual Members
Elaine Beluschak
Suzie Beer Browne

Jenna Wallace Coplin
Guy P. Fischer
August Fischer
Frank Grieco
Sandra House
Carolyn Lawson
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Jeffery M. Mitchem
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Lillian Sizemore
Catherine Williams
Student Members
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'Randell Research Center

Pineland, Florida March, 2009
Phone (239) 283-2062 E-mail: randellcenter@comcast.net

Dear Friend,

You are cordially invited to join, or renew your membership in, the RRC's support society, Friends of the Randell
Research Center. All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly newsletter and free admission to the Calusa Heritage Trail at
Pineland. Supporters at higher levels are entitled to discounts on our books and merchandise, advance notice of
programs, and special recognition. Your continuing support is vital to our mission. It means more research, more educa-
tion, and continued site improvements at the Randell Research Center. Thank you.

William H. Marquardt
Randell Research Center

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The Calusa and Their Legacy: South Florida People and Their Environments
by Darcie A. MacMahon and William H. Marquardt, U. Press of Florida, hardcover $39.95
Sharks and Shark Products in Prehistoric South Florida
by Laura Kozuch; Monograph 2, softcover $5.00
The Archaeology of Useppa Island
edited by William H. Marquardt; Monograph 3, hardcover $35.00, softcover $20.00
New words, Old Songs: Understanding the Lives of Ancient Peoples
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Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida
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Florida's First People
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Missions to the Calusa
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Florida's Indians
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Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida
by Jerald T. Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $27.95
Indian Art of Ancient Florida
by Barbara Purdy, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
Song of the Tides
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Eyes of the Calusa
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The Crafts of Florida's First People
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Images from the Calusa Heritage Trail
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The Domain of the Calusa: Archaeology and Adventure in the Discovery of South Florida's Past
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