It never fails to amaze me (and it absolutely astounds new Florida residents) that our history pre-dates the 1970s.
The land that became Florida has a heritage that surpasses nearly every other state, and to fill you in on what was happening centuries – even millennia – ago, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County teamed up with the Glades Historical Society to present People of the Water: We Were Here; which educates and informs about the Belle Glade Culture that mastered the water-dominated environment of lakes, rivers, sloughs and marshes.
The preview is currently at the Cultural Council’s Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation Artist Resource Center (601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth) with the exhibition to open in September for a run at the Palm Beach County History Museum (300 N. Dixie Highway, Downtown WPB) September 3 – June 29, 2014.
I haven’t seen it yet myself, but they note that informative panels reveal the habitat, origins, and way of life of the truly native Floridians that lived within the Kissimmee River/Lake Okeechobee Basin. You’ll learn about their contact with Europeans and then their end, disappearance, and how they were discovered again.
As the presenters point out, these ancient peoples left behind no written records – but when you learn that they constructed one of the longest canals in North America as a part of a water-transport corridor connecting Lake Okeechobee and the Gulf of Mexico – you’ll want to learn more.
And through People of the Water: We Were Here, you will.
IF YOU GO