Presented by Theresa Schober
Remnants of elevated mounds and ridges, sculpted canals and water courts remain a visible yet subtle reminder of the once thriving Calusa chiefdom that controlled the southern third of the Florida peninsula by 16th century Spanish contact. Mound Key – the Calusa capital village – remains the first specific location documented in the voyage of Juan Ponce de León in 1513 that named La Florida, and was one of the first charted destinations of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés after founding St. Augustine in the fall of 1565. This early history is explored in a new documentary. Executive Producer Theresa Schober will recount key aspects of this history in a presentation on how we represent the past through film.
About the Presenter:
Archaeologist Theresa Schober has worked in south Florida since 1998, recording south Florida shell mound, midden, and mortuary sites. Her research has focused on the settlement and use of the Estero Bay estuarine system in southern Lee County by the Calusa Indians. A proponent of public engagement in archaeology and history, Theresa is Executive Producer of a forthcoming documentary film about the Calusa capital of Mound Key and provides educator workshops on Florida history through the Florida Humanities Council. She serves as immediate past-president of the Florida Anthropological Society.
This program is sponsored by the Helmerich Trust.