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Author presentations added to Calusa Heritage Day schedule

March 12, 2014
Special to The Eagle ( , Pine Island Eagle

The authors of the some of the most engaging fictional works related to native peoples have been added to the program of activities for Calusa Heritage Day, Saturday, March 15, at the Calusa Heritage Trail, 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland.

"We are excited to offer events that will meet the interests of everyone attending" noted Cindy Bear, organizer of the event. "Archaeologists will be speaking in the main tent, tours will take place by land and sea, children will find plenty to do and now we have added talks by two fine authors."

James Snyder, author of "The Cross and the Mask," will read from his book and share insights he gained during his research at 12:30 p.m. in the Author's Area. Snyder is an author/historian based in Tequesta, Fla.

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One of Gerald Hausman’s books.

In 2002, he authored "Life and Death on the Loxahatchee: The Story of Trapper Nelson," which won the silver prize in the Florida Publisher's Association book-of-the-year awards. "The Cross and The Mask" is an historical novel about the dramatic clash of wills in the 16th century when the Spanish tried to colonize Florida.

Gerald Hausman, author and storyteller, will present "Legends of the Earth" at 1:30 p.m. His books have received many awards in the category of Native America, mythology and West Indian culture. His more than 70 books attest to his love of folklore. His lively presentations, complete with a myriad of sound effects, have earned him praise from storytellers, speakers, writers and listeners. His latest book is "The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood," a Creek Indian story.

"This is our ninth year for Calusa Heri-tage Day", noted Bear, "It is an important celebration of the Calusa, their homeland and how archaeology preserves their legacy. We hope folks will come, stay for the day, enjoy and learn."

Calusa Heritage Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 15, at the Calusa Heritage Trail, Randell Research Center.

Admission is $5 for adults, free to children; Randell Center members also are free. Parking, including handicapped parking, is available on site.

Free water is available throughout the day; participants are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle. Food is for sale by Pine Island-based Little Lillie's Island Deli and Mel Meo's fish wagon.

Call (239) 283-2062 or (239) 283-2157; or visit



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