Calendar: Tequesta Legacies

Event Description

In conjunction with the exhibition Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger, PAMM presents a special screening of Friedman's short film Ishmael and the Well of Ancient Mysteries (2014), which will be shown continuously throughout the day in the museum's auditorium. The film centers on Ishmael "Golden Eagle" Bermúdez, who spent years excavating the backyard of his property in Miami's Brickell neighborhood in search of the ancient spring of the Tequesta, a Native American tribe that inhabited Southeastern Florida from the 3rd century BCE through the mid-1700s.

At 2pm, Robert S. Carr—former director of Miami-Dade County's Office of Historic Preservation and co-founder of the Archeological and Historical Conservancy—will speak in depth about the Tequesta legacy.

Attendees are invited to witness a special blessing ceremony at Mr. Bermúdez's home on Sunday, January 28 at 2pm.

Dara Friedman

Dara Friedman, Still from Ishmael and the Well of Ancient Mysteries, 2014. HD color video with sound, 12 min., 17 sec. ©Dara Friedman, courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
10am—6pm Film Screening: Ishmael and the Well of Ancient Mysteries
2pm Lecture: Bob Carr on the ancient Tequesta

Sunday, January 28, 2018
2pm Blessing Ceremony at Mr. Bermúdez's home​

In Ishmael and the Well of Ancient Mysteries Ishmael "Golden Eagle" Bermúdez tells his story of how, after over 13 years of digging beginning in the 1960s, he discovered the sacred spring of the ancient Tequesta on his property in Miami's crowded, upscale Brickell neighborhood.

Bob Carr co-founded the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy in 1985. He has served as its full time director since 1999. He has worked as an archaeologist with the State of Florida's Division of Historic Resources and with the National Park Service. He was Miami-Dade County's first archaeologist and became the County's Historic Preservation Director in 1999. Bob has a Master's Degree in Anthropology from Florida State University. He is a former editor of the Florida Anthropologist and former president of the Florida Archaeological Council. He is a recipient of the Bullen Award, and received Florida's Historic Preservation Award in 2003.