The South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Program at the Florida Museum of Natural History was established in 1983. The collections represent the broad continuum of Indigenous groups in Florida, from precontact times to the present, and tell the ancestral stories of the 13 most southern Florida counties. The program’s tradition is geared toward the stewardship of the state’s cultural heritage and natural history, with an emphasis on the exploration of human-environmental interactions in an interdisciplinary framework.
The South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography Program is directed by Michelle LeFebvre, Assistant Curator, assisted by Jen Green, collections manager. Collections curated under this program are archaeological (artifacts, specimens, and documents) and ethnographic (materials associated with the Seminole and Miccosukee Indian people). LeFebvre and Green are assisted by graduate students, undergraduate students, interns, and volunteers. LeFebvre also serves as Assistant Director of the Randell Research Center, a research and education center located on Pine Island, Florida, near Fort Myers.
Research and Collections are generously supported by the Knight Endowment, Reynolds Ethnographic Endowment, and the Reeves Seminole Research Endowment.
This website was originally compiled by William Marquardt, Curator Emeritus, with contributions from Karen Walker, Merald Clark, Ann Cordell, Pat Payne, Darcie MacMahon, and Jeff Gage. Ongoing website development is overseen by Michelle LeFebvre and Jen Green.