Tag Archives: Native Americans

Old Relics and Artifacts

5 Apr

I finished cleaning up the area in front where the old house burned; now I am ready to spread some mulch in that area and plant some Azaleas or other perennials.

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This is most of the soil I scooped up with my front end loader as I was cleaning up. I am going to build a soil sieve to fit over my wheelbarrow and I am going to sift out this big mound of soil one shovelful at a time. Why you might ask?

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As I was cleaning I found this nice old marble. I’ve told you before I like looking for old marbles in old house sites.

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Today I found this beautiful Indian artifact. The edge is completely serrated as fine as a hacksaw blade, I have no idea how they were able to do that just using other rocks. As I was lifting up a load of soil with the loader I spotted a large coin just at the instant it slid back down into the mound! I know it is in there somewhere. There is no telling what I might find in that pile. When I get finished I will have some fine soil for the flower beds and all the nails, rocks, glass and other debris will be sorted out and disposed of in an appropriate manner. The main reason I am going to sort through this is because I just want to, it will be fun for me. I always like finding things. When I was a child I grew up in the flat lands of South Arkansas and all we had was dirt without a rock to be seen except what was hauled in for gravel. The road in front of our house was covered with small river washed gravel, a lot of it the size of marbles and smaller. You could look through the pieces and find fossils and tiny sea creatures embedded in the rocks. On some hot summer days I would scoop up a bucket full of gravel and sit in the shade going through the bucket piece by piece looking for the fossils like Indiana Jones! I still like finding things so looking through all that mound of soil will be a pleasure for me. If I find anything interesting I will share it with you, until then, be prepared.

Full Moon

19 Feb

This is a picture of the full moon through the trees on the homestead on February 7th.

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The Native American Indians referred to the February moon as the Full Hungry Moon since nothing was growing during the month, hunting was difficult, game was scarce, and food stores were running low. It’s good for us to be able to run to the grocery store and find shelves full of food when the weather is bitter cold and the wolves are howling at the door. I hope no one is offended by my use of the term “Indian” as no offence is intended and I am 1/8 Choctaw myself. Stay warm!