Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
Series Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Language: English
Creator: Randell Research Center, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Publisher: Randell Research Center, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Pineland, Fla.
Publication Date: December 2003
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Friends of the Vol., No.

Sane Res December 2003
Rand el l Research Center

Cuban Parish Records

Reveal Immigrant

Calusa Indians
by John Worth

Sto my article in the
December 2002 Friends newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 4),
I'm pleased to report that during my most recent
research trip to Cuba, I was finally able to examine
ecclesiastical records that may shed light on the
fate of Calusa and other Florida Indians after their
migration to Cuba in the 18th century.
My trip was associated with an ongoing archae
logical collaboration between archaeologists in
Cienfuegos, Cuba, and in Alabama, Mississippi,
and Florida relative to a remote Spanish-contact
era Cuban Indian site along the Arimao River
near the Bay of Jagua on Cuba's southern coast.
As part of renewed fieldwork at this site, I will be
exploring the ethnohistory of the earliest stages
of the Spanish conquest of Cuba, which prompted
the flight of at least one group of native Cuban
Indians to South Florida, where the Calusa
paramount chief permitted them to settle.
Also during this trip, I was allowed to conduct
research in the original parish records of the church
of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion in the community
of Guanabacoa near Havana, where many
immigrant Florida Indians, including some

In Appreciation
by Bill Marquardt

would like to thank our splendid corps of
RRC volunteers who are always there when
needed. In addition, we would like to recognize
others who have contributed recently to the
development of the RRC. Steve Tutko donated an
American Optical Series 110 phase-star
binocular microscope. Gary Wright and Ed
Matias of Gulf Shore Cooling donated $1,300 in
maintenance work on the air conditioning
system at our headquarters house. George
Birmingham gave the RRC a 50% discount on
recent repair work at the house. Mark Dean of
PalmCo, Inc. provided free relocation of palm

Calusa people,
settled during the
18th century. During
my recent trip, I was
able to examine all
baptism, marriage,
and death books for
non white individuals
dating between 1679
and 1776, including
some books dating as
late as 1796 and 1807. I

Author and companions struggle to cross Arimao River at flood
stage before hike to archaeological site. (Photo by Jim Knight)
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learned that a number of Indian families lived in
Guanabacoa during the late 17th and 18th
centuries, including not just those from Florida,
but also immigrant Mexican Indians and their
descendants, and possible descendants of
indigenous Cuban Indians, all of whom commonly
intermarried with local individuals of African or
mixed African ancestry.
Many "Keys Indians" or natives of "Cayo Hueso"
(Key West) appeared in the parish records, presum
ably including Calusa refugees who fled to the
Florida Keys by about 1710. However, only one

trees at the Pineland site, and has volunteered
to maintain the historic palm-lined roadway at
Pineland at his own expense. Bob Repenning's
stalwart crews from the Department of Environ-
mental Protection's Charlotte Harbor Buffer
Preserve cleared many invasive Brazilian
peppers from the roadway next to the Old
Mound at Pineland. Treeland Solutions, Inc.
donated several thousand dollars worth of
services in removing Australian pine trees on
Waterfront Drive so we could begin construction
of our new entrance and parking area.
continued on page 4

unmarried woman, named Leonor de Sayas, was
specifically said to be a native of "Carlos;' and thus
presumably Calusa. Two of her infant daughters
were baptized in Guanabacoa in 1729 and 1731.
She died there in 1766, but there is presently no
further trace of her daughters. It is possible that
they survived and had children of their own.
More work will be needed to follow up on
these and other discoveries in Cuba and
elsewhere. Thanks are once again due to Dr.
David Noble for his financial support of this
second Cuba voyage.

Volunteer Dick Maher puts the finishing
touches on new sifter screens to be used in
Pineland excavations. (Photo by Diane Maher)

Photo Essay: Long-awaited RRC

Visitor Facilities Begin To Take Shape
by John Worth

,the Randell Research
Center has finally witnessed a flurry of activity associated ,
with the construction of the teaching pavilion complex and
parking area, as well as the relocation of a number of 1" ,
coconut palm trees to restore the old historic roadway to the
early 20th-century packing house at Pineland. The photos
below will update readers on our ongoing progress.

Coconut palms are removed from the front of Randell
Mound to provide an unobstructed view of Pine
Island Sound from atop the mound. Work donated by
PalmCo, Inc. of Pine Island. (Photo by John Worth)

Australian pines along Waterfront Drive are
removed by Treeland Solutions, Inc. of Pine
Island. (Photo by Sydney Cosselman)

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Protective plastic barrier sheets are applied over archaeological sediments
in the area of the new teaching pavilion complex. (Photo by Sydney Cosselman)

Pavilion Partners
Costs for the pavilion complex are
$577,000. So far, we have $408,000.
In order to complete and equip the
classroom, where our school programs
and public lectures will take place, we
must raise an additional $169,000.
Please consider a special donation to
the building fund. Make checks payable
to Randell Research Center, and send to
PO Box 608, Pineland, Florida 33945.
Gifts in any amount are welcome, and
are tax-deductible to the extent allowed
by federal law. For more information,
contactJohn Worth at (239) 283-2062.


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Wooden piles were driven for the teaching pavilion structure by Island Piling and were cut
by Gatewood Custom Carpentry. (Photo by Sydney Cosselman)

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First load or base dirt is dumped at new entranceway to the Fineland site by Bill Mullen ot
Williams-Mullen Trucking. (Photo by Sydney Cosselman)

View of palm-lined roadway near RRC teaching pavilion construction site, restored by
Mark Dean of PalmCo., Inc. (Photo by Sydney Cosselman)

New and
Renewing Friends
of the RRC as of
November 15, 2003

(Please let us know of
any errors or omissions.
Thank you for your support!)

Supporting Members ($1,000-$4,999)
Dr. David A. Noble
Sponsoring Members ($500-$999)
Lammot duPont
Joan M. McMahan
Southwest Florida Council on Environmental
Education, Inc.
Contributing Members ($100-$499)
Arnold and Virginia Bertelsen
John Cauthen
George and Leonora Edwards
Rusty and Carolyn Hager
William and Edna Hager
Gene and Evelyn Hemp
Catherine House
Ben and Sue Johnson
Janet Levy
Jerald Milanich and Maxine Margolis
Barbara W Mulle
Drs. Howard and Karen Noonan
Vernon Peeples
Karl F. and Kathryn K. Schroeder
Herbert and Betty Seidel
Robert and Barbara Sumwalt
Family Members
William Spikowski and Alison Ackerman
Nancy and Robert Brooks
Louis and Joan Franks
Bill and Delores Fulk
Jack and Ann Gaddy
Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce
Harold H. Sears family
David Steadman and Anne Stokes
Individual Members
Mark Brenner
Denise Buonopane
Cape Coral Sailing Club
Debbie Cundall
Janet A. Gooding
Tom Grabowski
Frances Herman
Paula E. Larson
Susan Milbrath
Cynthia Ofer
Robert T Page
Rob Patton
Alice R. C. Sharp
Kathy Van Deree
Janet Walker
Warm Mineral Springs Archaeological
Rosanne C. Weber
Susan Zell

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Utility Pole Artwork

Focuses On Calusa Canal
by Diane Maher

Ii 1 the
unique tradition of adorning
Pine Island's utility poles with
artwork by local island artists,
recently painted poles honor
the Calusa Indians by
depicting scenes from
their culture. Located on
Stringfellow Road, just north
of the Pineland cut off, two
poles mark the Calusa canal
that originated in Pineland
and spanned the entire width
of Pine Island to the Indian
Fields area of Matlacha Pass.
One pole features images
of Calusa Indian ceremonial
masks and the other contains

William Marquardt
John Worth
Diane Maher
William Marquardt
John Worth
GBS Productions

a representation of Calusa
men with a dugout canoe and
paddles. A woodpecker painted
above the men is thought to be
speaking, as expressed by four
circles that may represent the
four directions.
RRC volunteers Diane and
Dick Maher, Marty Kendall,
and Debbie Cundall painted
the poles.

A second pole shows
Calusa masks like those
found at Key Marco in
Sthe 1890s. (Photoby
-. Debbie Cundall)

Send questions or comments to:
John Worth
Randell Research Center
Pineland FL 33945-0608 MUSEUM
Telephone (239) 283-2062
Fax (239) 283-2080
Email: johneworth@comcast.net UNIVERSITY OF

RRC volunteers Marty Kendall and Diane
Maher work on one of the utility poles at the
canal crossing along Stringfellow Road.
(Photo by Debbie Cundall)

In Appreciation continued from page 1
John Cauthen of Forestry Resources, Inc.
donated additional services to haul off the
debris. Ann Cordell donated a punchbowl,
glasses, plates, cups, saucers, and a blender.
Rosemary Squires donated a gas grill. Based
on an original design by Louie Campbell,
Dick Maher il i .fil r screens for our new
archaeological excavation season. Dave Hurst
refinished the library table that sits in the
entryway of the headquarters house. Thank
you, one and all, for your great support of the
Randell Research Center.

-_ PO Box 608
I i PINELAND, FL 33945-0608

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Forwarding Service Requested

Pineland, FL
Permit No. 26

Randell Research Center

Pineland, Florida December, 2003
Phone (239) 283-2062 E-mail: johneworth@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. (Current members can find out when their memberships expire by looking at the address label on
their newsletter.)
All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly newsletter. 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 education, and continued site improvements at the Randell Research Center.
Thank you.

John E. Worth, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Research Programs and Services
Randell Research Center

Please check the membership level you prefer, and send this form, along with your check
payable to Friends of the Randell Research Center, to:
Membership Coordinator Randell Research Center PO Box 608 Pineland, Florida 33945
- Individual ($30) and Student ($15): quarterly Newsletter O Supporter ($1,000-$4,999): The above + listing on
annual donor plaque at Pineland site
] Family ($50): Newsletter + advance notice and 10% annual donor plaque at Pineland site
discount on children's programs O Sustaining Members ($5,000-$19,999), Benefactors
($20,000-$99,999), and Patrons ($100,000
] Contributor ($100-$499): The above + annual honor andabove) receive all of the above complimentary
and above) receive all of the above + complimentary
roll listing in newsletter + 20% discount on RRC publications and special briefings from the
RRC publications and special briefings from the
publications and merchandise Director.
O Sponsor ($500-$999): The above + invitation to annual matching funds from the
r tO Please use my gift to obtain matching funds from the
Director's tour and reception National Endowment for the Humanities.

Permanent Address Seasonal Address (so we can send you your newsletter while you are away)

Name Name

Address Address

City / State / Zipcode City / State / Zipcode

Use my seasonal address from to
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The Randell Research Center is a program of the Florida Museum of Natural History, University ofFlorida.

St DBooks and Videos a

The Domain of the Calusa $
.". VHS video, $19.95

Expedition Florida: $
From Exploration to Exhibition
VHS video, $19.95
Expedition Florida: $
The Wild Heart of Florida
VHS video, $19.95

New Words, Old Songs: Understanding the Lives of
Ancient Peoples in Southwest Florida Through Archaeology $
by Charles Blanchard, illustrated by Merald Clark
hardcover $24.95
softcover $14.95
F,, : Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida $
by Robert F. Edic
h hardcover $35.00

Culture and Environment in the Domain of the Calusa $
edited by William H. Marquardt
.-" softcover $25.00

Sharks and Shark Products in Prehistoric South Florida $
by Laura Kozuch
-6: softcover $5.00

The Archaeology of Useppa Island $
edited by William H. Marquardt
hardcover $35.00
softcover $20.00
Total price of books and videos: $
Friends of the RRC who give at the $100 level
or above may deduct 20% Discount:
Florida residents add sales tax: +
Shipping: Add $2.00 for first item,
$0.50 for each additional item: +

To order books or videos, make check payable to: Randell Research Center and mail to:
Randell Research Center / PO Box 608 / Pineland FL 33945.
Check or money order only. Sorry, no credit cards.
Inquiries and Questions? 239-283-2062 / E-mail: johneworth@comcast.net

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