Book Reviews and Awards
*Winner of the Florida Historical Society’s 2001 Charlton Tebeau Award
*Chosen for the 2001 "Best of the Best" from the University Presses, Books You Should Know About
St. Augustine Archaeological Association, May 2000
“This 119 page story tells the young reader everything, and more, that he ever wanted to know about Timucua Indians. An additional 30 pages give the answer to the detective questions asked throughout each of the 14 chapters, as well as further reading lists for children and adults, and excellent glossary, and the index…overall, children will find the book very interesting and informative. I did.”
About.com Archaeology Book Reviews “An engaging book, The Timucua Indians – A Native American Detective Story, is an exploration of Native American history and prehistory in Florida geared for 7 – 12 year olds…. As the student reads along, s/he is challenged by what the author calls “Detective Directives,” puzzles more or less, to engage the reader and allow him or her to pursue some of the ideas more fully…. Weitzel’s writing is brisk and informative, but also personal and personable, drawing the reader in...."
Shannon M. Rawls, reader May 2000 “I have always believed that learning can be fun. The Timucua Indians: A Native American Detective Story is a perfect example of educating young people without them knowing it. This book explores the Timucua natural environment from a child’s perspective. The page by page activities makes reading this story fun. My 10 year old daughter loves these types of books. I am glad we found this one. We are from Jacksonville, Florida and the book has opened her eyes to a culture that existed long before we ever did and now, hopefully won't be forgotten.”
The Timucua Indians - A Native American Detective Story
This Teacher File contains lesson plans, Sunshine State Standards, Engravings of the Timucua, Coloring Sheets, Classroom Activities, and Info on Timucua Beliefs. (1.4MB)
This Teacher File contains a pottery-making guide, FCAT-Style Activities for 4th-5th grades, and FCAT-Style Activities for 3rd grade. Top-Score Responses, Bloom's Taxonomy, and SSSs are included on Answer Sheets. (604.8KB)
Archaeology is a Detective Science! Learn about Florida's early Timucua People by challenging yourself with more than 40 fun Detective Directives! What can you discover? Try one below!