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MARCO ISLAND'S TREASURE OF THE CALUSA TRIBE - THE KEY MARCO CAT


In 1895, Frank Hamilton Cushing led an archaeological dig at the south end of Marco Island. Known as the Pepper-Hearst expedition, it resulted in the discovery of over 1,000 wooden artifacts - products of the Calusa Indian culture between 2,000 and 500 years ago.


The Key Marco Cat, a half-human, half panther figure thought to have religious significance is the most famous of the Pepper-Hearst artifacts. Scientists say that careful rubbing with animal fat left a patina that protected the figure after it was buried by a catastrophic hurricane in the 12th or 13th century.

Carved in native buttonwood using shark teeth and shell scrapers, the six-inch figure is a pristine example of the fine Calusa artistry and workmanship.

The legacy of the Key Marco Cat and the craftsmanship of the Calusa tribe is seen today in every home Nova Homes of South Florida builds. The same workmanship and artistry used by the Calusa artisans is used in every intrinsic detail of each home Nova Homes builds on Marco Island, Naples, and Golden Gate Estates. For more information call 239.307.6116 or visit www.novahomesbuilder.com.


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