Malaga Cove just south of Redondo Beach, California was partially excavated by the Southwest Museum in 1936 and is also the site of the Gabrielino Indian village Chowigna as listed by Hugo Reid. Hugo Reid was a rancher who married a Mission Indian woman named Victoria. A pioneer Anthropologist he recorded primary information on the rapidly dying Tongva/Gabrielino culture.
Mookite Jasper February 27, 2012
Mookite or Mookaite Jasper is an Australian jasper containing shades of pink, red, yellow and brown. It comes from the Mooka Creek beds in the Kennedy Ranges in Western Australia. Mookite is found only in Australia and is actually a fossiliferous sedimentary rock, it has long been considered to be a healing stone that bestows strength.
Read this poem in a book and thought I would share it.
As man today
I greet you, Ancient Brother Man
And point with gratitude
To these artifacts you made in eons past.
The signature of man’s slow rise
Is on each tool, each point, each axe
And we can sense the human impact still.
Who smoked this pipe? Who played this flute?
Who used this hoe? Who threw this spear?
And was it made for enemy – or deer?
As Man today
I kneel upon an mountain circled flat
To feel the ancient ashes yield, and see
A kinship gift which you have left for me.
I grasp within my hand a perfect tool
So long ago chipped carefully from stone,
And now but for the timing of our fates
It might have been my own.
I touch with care its edges keen and fine,
Where once you placed your thumb
There now is mine.
-NORA NULL BUNNEY
Stone Mortar Project February 25, 2012
Hi, I’ve recently picked up some nice stones at some of the beaches here in California and thought I would make a sandstone mortar using the grinding and pecking method. Takes a lot of time and patience, but it is a really fun project. The Native Americans often used these to grind acorns, nuts and also paint pigments. I will be posting the finished mortar in a few weeks I hope.