In the last weeks of Florida Archaeology Month, let’s talk beads. Beads are an important part of Native American cultures. The size, shape, color, and material of beads denotes status in many native cultures. Early beads found in Florida and the greater Eastern coastal region were made from clay, bone and shell. Clay and bone beadswere the easiest to make and became the most abundant. However, beads from the quahog clam, wampum, was also popular on the Eastern coast. The mostly white shell of the quahog has shades of light to deep purple around its edges; the amount of purple varies from shell to shell, making the color rarer and worth twice the amount of white wampum. Purple wampum designated their wearer as powerful, wealthy, and important in the community.
White Wampum, Interior of Quahog Shell, Purple Wampum
100 YEARS AGO IN OSCEOLA COUNTY
Toe tapping and finger snapping aren’t usually something you’d do at an exhibit opening, unless that opening is about music, or in our case, the bands of Osceola County. At the opening reception we welcomed former band director, Larry O’Grady, who spoke about his days at Denn John
and Osceola High School
. The reception guests were also treated to a performance by a few of the members of OHS drum line.
Front page headlines for the “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, Friday, March 9, 1917 issue reported:
There are not many places you can spend a pleasant evening in a cemetery, dining with friends, bidding on great items and meeting some of Osceola County’s passed citizens.
Amid some controversy, our first Dine with the Departed
was held on March 13, 2010 in historic Rose Hill Cemetery
. The decision was made by the Osceola County Historical Society
to host something different – not the usual ghost tour, generally occurring in October, but to present an educational evening, striving to raise funds for the organization.