Home Login Contact Us
Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the World
 Resources   Books & Music   Community   Hosted Sites   About Us   
Resource Center
  • Internet Links
  • Nations Index
  • Geographic Region Index
  • Search the Site
  • New Sites this Week
  • Submit a Site!
  • Hosted Resources
  • Hosted Pages
  • Book & Music Center
  • Law & Legal Issues
  • NativeLaw News
  • NativeTech
  • Site Information
  • Get your FREE EMAIL @NativeWeb.Net!
  • Community
  • Donate to NativeWeb
  • About Us

  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Stone & Tools / Other Uses for Stone

    Resources: 6 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    French Cave Paintings
      Europe & Russia
    The exceptional archaeological discovery of a decorated cave. It incorporates several very large galleries that accommodate more than 300 paintings and engravings dating to the Paleolithic era (between 32,000 and 30,000 years ago). These works depict a unique and diverse menagerie among which rhinoceroses, felines, bears, owls, and mammoths.
    Rocks and Minerals
      US - Central
    Rocks are one of the main sources of information for geologists. By comparing rocks and minerals and their locations, geologists can estimate approximately how old the rocks and minerals are. They can tell if a rock was formed on dry land, on an ocean floor, or deep inside the earth. Other people besides geologists have found rocks and minerals useful. The Indians used native stone to make tools, weapons, and pottery. Early settlers constructed buildings, bridges, and fences out of limestone and sandstone. Indians and settlers used natural caves for protection and rock outcrops for lookouts; and they carved pictures, called petroglyphs, in the rock walls.
    Navajo US - Southwest
    From David Silver Bear's website. The Navajo are well known for their spectacular and intricate sandpaintings. These are made, and used in healing, and other ceremonies. A real sandpainting takes days to prepare, all natural colored sand is used, obtained from such places as the famous Arizona Painted Desert and around the Navajo reservation. The paintings are done on the ground, usually inside a ceremonial hut, and in the ceremony they are destroyed and the sand is given back to nature.
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Tools, instruments and equipment
    Tobacco cutter / Weathercock / Weathervane / Weathervane / Steamship / Weathercock / Tool chest / Postal scales / Pendule / Astronomical clock / Astrolabe / Spindle whorl (Salish) - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    More sites on www.civilisations.ca
    Upper Midwest Rock Art Research Association
      United States
    The Upper Midwest Rock Art Research Association is dedicated to publicizing the petroglyph and pictograph research being conducted in the Upper Midwest of the United States, including - but not limited to - Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota.
    Use of Geologic Materials by Prehistoric Cultures
      US - Central
    Native Americans have lived in Iowa for more than 11,000 years. Until about 2,500 years ago, small bands lived by hunting game and gathering wild plants. These people, referred to as Archaic cultures, relied on stone, bone, shell, and wood for tools, and they made containers, rope, and clothing from vegetation and animal hide. Some Archaic groups built hide or mat-covered huts with floors dug into the earth. About 2,500 years ago, Native Americans (Woodland cultures) began cultivating native plants in the rich soil along Iowa's streams to supplement their hunting and gathering. They also began to make pottery from local clays, and soon afterward they established trade networks for exotic items such as marine shell, obsidian (volcanic glass), copper, and mica. The following pages show some of these imports as well as local geologic materials used by Native Americans.

    © NativeWeb, Inc. 1994-2011 || Disclaimer Statement || Copyright Statement || Contact Us || Donate Now