The Project: For the last three years we’ve been exploring this state’s rich Native American heritage, focusing on the historic and prehistoric sites commonly known as Indian mounds. “We’’ are photographic artist Suzanne Williamson and writer John Capouya, a couple of longtime New Yorkers who now also live in Tampa.
We’re taking pictures of and writing about these beautiful ruins: ancient ceremonial mounds, middens, and burial mounds made of earth, shells and sand. For a look at Suzanne’s FL mound pictures, click on “Gallery.” To read some of John’s creative nonfiction on these sites, click on “Shadow and Reflection.”
Our goal is to do creative work that will increase awareness and appreciation of—and ultimately, to help preserve—this irreplaceable cultural legacy. The mounds are living history. We see our photographs and words as reflections in the mirror of that history.
The Latest: Our collaborative art exhibition on Florida’s mound sites was shown at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg from early October to late November. See the “Shadow and Reflection” link. Response was very positive, and we’re looking into traveling the show to other venues around the state. We’re particularly happy that close to 600 Pinellas Co. schoolchildren visited the exhibit and learned about art and Native American history.
The Community: Like the mounds, those ancient “public works,’’ the Florida Mounds Project is meant to be a collaboration—a community. We’re very grateful for the welcome and help we’ve already gotten from FL archaeologists, historians, and local activists. We’re eager to keep our mound work going, including a possible book.
So let us hear what you know and what you’re doing about Florida’s mounds. You can email us at the addresses below; get to know us a little more by clicking on our names at the top of the page. Let’s see how we can protect and promote this unique Florida heritage.