Sunday, March 25, 2007

Native Americans in the Census and More

Osiyo and hugs to you.
I'm sorry it's been so long since I updated the blog. I can only attribute it to being busy and being lazy when I'm not busy. But I have some new information to share with you. I hope you find it helpful.

I have found an interesting article on Native Americans in the census. There is more help from the census than I had previously believed.
Native American in the Census, 1860-1890

Rootsweb has a Native American Resources Page
There is a general list at the top, but scroll down. There is a tribe by tribe list of online resources.

And in our neck of the woods:
The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville Florida has a long-term exhibit entitled, "South Florida People and Environments" which includes a full-scale Mangrove Forest and a thousand year old painting of an ivory-billed wood pecker.
Separately they also have a Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit and much more.
There are general entrance fees and some exhibition fees so visit their web site so you can plan your trip. Their phone is 352-846-2000

NB Mangroves are woody plants that usually grow in coastal regions and that are able to tolerate salt water.

And not necessarily Native American except that the people once roamed these places:

Mom and I "discovered" Jennings State Forest on a trip home from Orange Park recently when we took the back way to get home and avoid the Orange Park weekend traffic. From Blanding Blvd., we went Old Jennings Road toward Brannonfield Road but, since I had spied a sign that said, "Jennings State Forest", we went straight instead of turning on Brannonfield. The state forest road is a right turn onto a dirt road. Less than half a mile down on the left is a public area. There is one large roof covered group of picnic tables and a few others unsheltered. And there is a decent public rest room facility. There are walking and horse back trails. Like most state parks there is an honor system for use of the facilities. You pick up your envelope and put in a minimal parking fee and drop it in the bin. It's some place different for a spring day out. Take a cooler and have a picnic, but make sure your cooler includes something to drink, the water there is non-potable.

Until next time.

1 comment:

Morningstar said...

Haven't been there in years myself ,but did when I was young and grew up in Orange Park {down in the Ridgewood area}. Will have to go back now and see how things look there. Hopefully one can still see deer or some wildlife. It has become a lost enviroment.Off of Rampart /Firestone area someone killed a large male Otter I removed from the road ,our resourses are becomeing so lost it hurts. Glad you and your mom got to enjoy the day there,perhaps we shall cross paths there soon.
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