A Tribute to the People and Nation
Also known as The Caloosa
Originally, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, I moved to Oregon in 1967 and lived in Portland until 1989. I attended Portland Community College, where I served a year as president of the Associated Student Body. Subsequently, I also attended Portland State University, where I served two terms/years as student body president as well and graduated with degrees in history and social sciences.
I have some four dozen other sites, blogs and groups scattered throughout the internet and as time permits I will post links to them.
As the head of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition, Cushing was in search of artifacts of the Calusa Indians who inhabited southwest Florida perhaps as early as 1450 B.C. Excavations on Key Marco (next to Marco Island) revealed an amazing quantity of tools, weapons, utensils, masks and wood carvings preserved in a layer of organic mud within a Calusa Indian shell mound.
Although more than 100 wooden ceremonial masks, statuettes, batons, and heads of animals such as a wolf, sea turtle, pelican, and alligator were found, the article that most fascinated Cushing was a wooden deer head. He wrote:
The Calusa People, neither extinct nor forgotten but who's spirit and blood still flows through the hearts of many . In respect and honor I dedicate this site to you.