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Portable Pieces of Distant Lands, Other Worlds, and Ancient Pasts

Case 1

Mill Cove was part of a larger, far-flung interaction sphere. Through their networks, the people of Northeast Florida acquired powerful objects essential to their spiritual well-being like copper items, galena cubes, mica pieces, and stone artifacts. Originating from faraway sources such as the Great Lakes, Ozark Mountains, Appalachian Mountains, and the urban center of Cahokia along the Mississippi River near St. Louis, these “otherworldly” materials made their way to our region.

A pair of items that stand out are two Long-Nosed God Masks recovered from one of the Mill Cove mounds in 1895. The ear ornaments, crafted from cold hammered copper, traveled from their place of manufacture at Cahokia to Mill Cove some 1000 years ago. These and other exotic items were no mere trinkets but vibrant and living materials of utmost importance to St. Johns’ religious life. During proper rituals, these powerful items helped transform the everyday world by providing tangible connections between the living, their ancestors, and otherworldly beings. In essence, these inanimate objects came to life.

Images

Case 1 Contents Photo of a replica of a Long-Nosed God Mask created by Brian Floyd, artist and avocational archaeologist. Generously funded through a Cummer Family Foundation grant awarded to the University of North Florida Archaeology Laboratory. Source: Cummer Family Foundation Grant, Department of Anthropology, University of North Florida Creator: Brian Floyd (replica)
Portable Pieces of Distant Lands, Other Worlds, and Ancient Pasts Panel This panel provides information on the Two Long-Nosed God Masks, presenting a photograph of the artifacts recovered in 1895 along with a present-day made replica. Source: Department of History and Department of Anthropology, University of North Florida Creator: Dr. Denise Bossy, Dr. Keith Ashley, and University of North Florida students Date: 2020

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“Portable Pieces of Distant Lands, Other Worlds, and Ancient Pasts,” Indigenous Florida, accessed July 17, 2024, https://indigenousflorida.domains.unf.edu/items/show/71.