April 13 Lecture – 2 PM

Prehistoric Florida Foodways: Sustenance and Ceremony

This image is based on the sketches of a Black Tea Ceremony by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (1591).

Archaeologist Kia Taylor Riccio will be exploring the foodways of prehistoric Florida cultures, with an emphasis on the Tequesta, Ais, and Jeaga peoples who occupied the coastal areas of southern and central Florida.  The lecture will have two primary foci: we will explore the ways in which South Florida cultures caught, harvested, and prepared common foods, and the involvement of food and drink in their ceremonial practices. Furthermore, we will take an in-depth look at the Black Drink Ceremony, a prominent ritual amongst the South Florida Tribes in which  tribal leaders prepared yaupon holly leaves (cacina) into an antioxidant-rich tea. Participants will receive samples of the cacina tea leaves for home-brew or to keep as a souvenir.

Summit Branch of Palm Beach County Library
3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406
We will be located in the meeting room near the entrance. If you have any questions, please reach out to us via phone or email.

Internship Opportunity

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Historic Preservation/ Archaeology

Christian Davenport, M.A., RPA

Historic Preservation Officer and Archaeologist

Archaeology is responsible for identifying, protecting, and promoting cultural resources (archaeological and historic structures), throughout unincorporated Palm Beach County. These goals are achieved through the formulation and administration of the County’s historic preservation ordinances. This Section of the County’s Planning Division coordinates and, advises local governments and other organizations regarding cultural resource management (CRM) issues. Chris Davenport is also the staff liaison to the County’s Historic Resource Review Board (HRRB). This Section has an education component consisting of public outreach events and an internship program. Find out more about Palm Beach County’s Archaeology Section through the links below.

Palm Beach County Archaeology, Planning Division Website

Cultural Anthropology Program

February 23rd, 2019
2 P.M. at the Summit Branch Library

A Critical Ethnology of Wartime America at Home and Abroad

Presented by Philosophy of Culture researcher, Henry Calway
        Philosophy of Culture researcher Henry Calway will present a critical examination of America’s Post WWII military involvements around the globe. This talk explores mythological and cultural systems underlying American rule of the world, and proposes new cultural and mythical symbols to celebrate and support peace and prosperity. Calway studies philosophy and anthropology at F.A.U. and his talk is rooted in cultural anthropological theory and philosophy of culture. He is a project-based archaeological field technician and a long time member of PBCAS and the Florida Anthropological Society.

Summit Branch of Palm Beach County Library
3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406
We will be located in the meeting room near the entrance. If you have any questions, please reach out to us via phone or email.