Fort Center, Glades County, FL 2011

A series of carved ditches meet Fisheating Creek in this earthwork complex


Building mounds didn’t feed a single Indian family. In a Florida hurricane, the great lumps gave no shelter. Why, then?

We think some mound-making was the physical re-enactment of Native creation myths. When crops or humans failed, or the river dried, they’d rebuild the world, symbolically starting over to restore the original order and balance of the universe.

Done right, these believers found, their bold and strenuous group prayers got answers.

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