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Crafts and skills of the Native Americans : tipis, canoes, by David R. Montgomery

By David R. Montgomery

Crafts and abilities of local american citizens is an engaging, functional consultant to the abilities that experience made local American well-known all over the world as artisans and craftsmen. Readers can reflect conventional local American dwelling via attempting a hand at mind tanning, deciding on animal tracks, or developing a horse saddle. Readers may also make distinct local American beaded jewellery, various moccasins, headdresses, and Read more...

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Stone or metal points may be used. Shaft should be about 2″ in diameter, hard, polished wood. Boil pine pitch and while hot insert bottom of point into pitch and quickly insert into shaft slot. Wrap around slot with wet rawhide strip. Hunting lances were only lightly decorated. Cherokee Blow Gun Tube made of cane hollowed out. Split then clean out and wrap with rawhide. Bow Making Woods that may be used are Osage Orange, ash, juniper, oak, ironwood, and white elm. Cut in winter to prevent cracking.

Add plume (stripped feather) and fluffy little turkey feathers to base of cap. As in the other chapters, nature was the provider. Cooking and eating ware consisted of wooden and clay bowls, horn spoons, basket grain-holders, paunch boiling containers, bark pails, and grinding stones to name a few. The cooking fire was started with friction sticks or flint and steel. Most of these items are easily made yet are very important to the stomach. CHAPTER 7 COOKING AND EATING UTENSILS Hide or Paunch Cooking Make hide as large as you want it.

Put in a cool, dry place. Dry slowly to prevent cracking. When dry, take the shape and apply slip (watered-down clay) and rub it on the surface. If a high sheen is desired, it must be rubbed with a smooth flint to polish. Cow pies or sheep dung are used for firing. Place on a good foot of dried manure about 3′ × 3′ wide. Take broken pottery and set on top, placing the new pot in the center. Place pot shards on sides and top then put manure about 2′ deep on sides and top. Start fire evenly around the base and let it burn until only ashes remain, let cool, and remove pot.

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