Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Citrus County, FL 2008

Spanish moss frames a mound


They’re not what they were. These photographs show the mounds’ remains, their persistent, diminishing selves.

Yet, stand quietly at one of these earth or shell monuments, and you may sense a soft-strong emanation, some of its original sway.

“Some sites are dead as a hammer to me,’’ says a Native American archaeologist. “But others are alive. I won’t go near them without offering tobacco and imploring the powers that be not to harm us, saying: ‘We’re here to learn.’”

Next: Sacred Lands, Anderson/Narvaez Mound, Pinellas County, FL 2010