A New Path to the Stone Age

Using the hand drill March 29, 2012

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These pics are from last year.  Made a coal using California buckeye hearth board and spindle.  Probably took about 30 seconds to form a coal with this fire drill combination.


Bone tools

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I made a few bone tools about a year ago using elk bone and pieces of cow rib bone.   Pictured are small bone ornaments, needles, awls and a harpoon point with dogbane cordage.



The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island March 25, 2012

The Lone Woman of San Nicolas lived alone on the island from 1835 to 1853.

If you’ve read “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’ Dell you should be familiar with the story.

The story begins when a schooner under Captain Charles Hubbard carried away the Natives of San Nicolas Island except for one woman who boarded the ship but then realized her child or sibling was left behind,  jumps into the sea to save the child.  18 years later she was found on the Island by Captain Nidever, she was found alone with a dog in a crude house made from whale bones and dressed in a skirt made from cormorant feathers. 

She was taken to Mission Santa Barbara, she spoke only in sign language for the many  Indians at the Mission could not understand her strange language.   The Indians at Mission Santa Barbara were Chumash and the woman was from Gabrielino descent.  Both tribes spoke very differents dialects.

The lone woman who was named Juana Maria was buried on a hill near the Santa Barbara Mission.



Chert and Flint March 24, 2012

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Here are several closeups of different types of chert and flint.  I love the beautiful colors and textures each one has.  This was the ideal material for Native Americans in the making of stone tools such as arrowheads, scrapers, drills, and spear points.  Pictures taken by my daughter Mallorie.


Miscellaneous Pics March 22, 2012

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These are some miscellaneous pics taken from different trips, thought I would add them here.  Enjoy


Just relaxing…                                                                         This painting was at the Gene Autry Museum.


Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs, CA                                  Looking at a Peacock.


Turtle in pond.                                                                          Point Vincente Lighthouse.

Gabrielino Indian scene at the Point Vincente Interpretive Center.


Today’s Arrowhead March 21, 2012

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Made this one today.  The rock was a little tough to knap,  but always a joy to make a new one.


Possible Artifact? March 19, 2012

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You think I would have found this in the desert or in a stream somewhere, but I found it in a box of flint someone sent me.  It kind of looks like an Indian artifact.   It has a patina on it, some of the cortex is still there,  looks like a little retouch near the edges.  Even if it isn’t a scraper or another type of stone age tool,  I’m still going to leave it as is.