posted on May, 19 2011 @ 06:49 PM
Hey! my first post! I have been lurking for about 8-10 years, but just now making my first post!
Maybe what you have found is an Eagle? You can see the symbol at the link. The previous poster is correct in that the florida tribes did not have
reference to the thunderbird. The thunderbird was introduced to the tribes by white men mainly west of the Mississippi (due to time frame of
introduction) and those are the main tribes to use it. And only after about 1800 or so.... The eagle, however, has been used for a very long time by
many many tribes. I have seen both in my explorations of rock art, but never a thunderbird back east.
The prevelant definition in the southwest (granted among many others that potentially could hold merit) of the thunderbird is "flown to safer
territory" which would not apply near as well as the below.
Eagle, the master of the sky, is considered a carrier of prayers. Many Indian Nations honor this bird as possessing courage, wisdom, and a special
connection to the creator. This is often confused with the "thunderbird" image concept. Eagle is also a Directional Protector(the Sky) spirit, and an
image associated with spirits and visions
I would not be worried about looters. Any artifacts that may be there are long burried under all of the decomposed vegetation and many many years. The
ones that were on the surface have been long since found. If anyone is found digging, they will be fined heavily and possibly jail. It is highly
illegal to dig in known indian burial areas, which is what most mounds are. Also very illegal to collect any artifacts from these areas, surface or
not. Anyone that would know how and where to search would also know these rules (hopefully).
That is a known indian mound along with many others in Central Florida. Some of them were excavated back around the turn of the century before the
laws were put in place and by professionals of the time. Others remain untouched, but I would have to bet that one is well known by local tribes and
by the historical and parks departments in your area. I would not be caught dead with a shovel or even a trowel anywhere near it.
Another Link concerning the history of your area plus information about other mounds down there.
for your enjoyment....
edit on 5/19/2011 by Hayseed460 because: needed to fix link