A New Path to the Stone Age

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum April 5, 2012

Went to the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum it was smaller than I expected, but they are raising funds to build a new 110,000 sq. foot museum facility in the heart of Palm Springs.  They did have some nice baskets and artifacts belonging to the Cahuilla people.



The photos below were from a Heritage building next door.

Cahuilla Indian boy and woman grinding mesquite seed pods in a stone mortar.


Palm Springs Pictures

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Had a wonderful vacation in Palm Springs, CA.  Took some great pics of  the local flora and a few Indian artifacts.

These pics were taken at the Moorten Botanical Gardens on South Palm Canyon Drive.







Vacation April 2, 2012

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Hi everyone.   Going to Palm Springs, California with my  mom and dad, their dog Mr. Russel, my wife, two daughters, my niece and myself.   Hope to bring back some nice pictures.  I plan to visit the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum while I’m there.  They are supposed to have a nice display of baskets and artifacts belonging to the Cahuilla Indians who have lived in that region for over 3,000 years.

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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.