Our day began with Michael, wearing deerskin clothing that he made from a deer he shot, surrounded by Indian crafts--baskets made of river cane, of white oak, of bark; bows and arrows; a blow pipe and dart; stone, bone, and wooden tools; fire-making materials, and so on and on.
After Michael shared his creations and answered a wide array of questions, making and shooting a thistle blow dart as he talked, then starting a friction fire--much to the delight of the children--half the group set to work knapping arrowheads of flint and jasper. Hard work, and not an easy skill to master. But with effort and diligence, a treaure can be made.
I didn't get a photo of the arrowheads we made today. But if I had, it would look something like this image that I found on the web. Michael and the children finished 14 this morning--4 or 5 broke and new ones replaced them. While those children knapped, the other half of the class made miniature spirit shields made of deer hide.
They stretched the soaked hide, traced templates, cut the hide, tied it onto a brass ring, and clipped it while it dried. Then they designed patterns to decorate the shields once they dry.
The afternoon knappers somehow made two or three arrowheads each. Whew! The each have one that looks perfect; the rest are pure results of their own effort.
|Forbes' howling wolf spirit shield design|
|Olivia's turtle spirit shield design|