I got this bookmark at the Collier County Museum on Saturday. They had an archaeology festival, but the bookmarks arrived after the school program ended on Friday.
BTW, the phone number has changed for the Collier County Museum without any warning at all, and when you call the old number it will not give you "No longer working." So here is the new number for the museum: 239-252-8476.
The bookmark is the anthropomorphic Key Marco Cat, made by the ancient Calusa Indians and found by Frank Hamilton Cushing in 1896. It was one of the many spectacular wooden objects found by Cushing. Among the most spectacular archaeology finds in the southeast, and the Marco items are on display in the Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. The cat actually ended up in the Smithsonian because the Gainesville museum was not around 112 years ago.
I went to the archaeology festival on Saturday, and they were packing up because they had light crowds. But I still talked with Mike Manzano, Turtle Woman, and Elizabeth & Hermann (Florida Frontier Gazette.)
I talked with Elizabeth about some ideas for doing Seminole War videos for Youtube. Hermann had his wonderful paintings there. I really enjoy his paintings, because I think he really captures the soul or spirit of the people, and the faces are very animated. Check out their website with paintings at http://www.floridafrontier.com/
Hermann and I usually talk about a lot of philosophical things. This time we discussed our past lives. Yes, I believe in reincarnation. How else do I explain what I do? Because I have done it before! A majority of the reenactors I know are the same way--it is all familiar with them. I know this may shock a lot of people, but I don't really care what they think on the matter, because I have my reasons to believe why I do, and it is my personal thing.
Anyway, the museum has re-done the exhibits this past year, so check it out if you haven't been there in a long time.