|When I was out looking for spruce roots last week, I was distracted by all the Pitcher Plants in their fall colours.|
Photo Credits: Tim Rast
|The quiver should have a very slight taper from the opening|
to the base.
|I used a plastic map tube as a form to wrap the birch bark around. You can see it peeking out under the clothes pins. You can also see the zig-zag edge running down the length of the tube. These seem will be sewn together with spruce roots.|
|A single long spruce root|
|You can see the muddy path|
where the root came out of
the ground and dozens of
smaller criss-crossing roots
|It only took 10 or 15 minutes to collect this bundle of roots. Once the bark is stripped and split there should be 100 feet or so of good lashing material.|
|Strip off the outer layer|
|Don't let the split run away from you,|
keep pressure on both sides to keep
the split travelling down the middle
of the root.
|Different diameter roots|
give different sized
|Dorset Palaeoeskimo Endblades from|
The Anstey Site, Twillingate
The highlight of the exhibit is a display of artifact recreations. These replica tools are all based off of artifacts found at the site. They were built using only the materials that would have been available to the Innu 3,000 years ago.
People visiting the exhibits can pick up the replica tools and imagine how they were utilized.
|Scott Neilsen holding a reconstruction of a quartzite biface as an adze or gouge, with other reproductions in their cases behind him.|
|I don't often get a chance to knap during the summer, but|
towards the end of the season this year, a geologist friend
brought me some Missouri chert that I couldn't resist trying.