People of the Waters - Oneota
OPM #:
2111-98
Object Name:
Hoe
Description:
Elk or moose scapula.
Comments:
The girl thought hoeing was tedious work in the hot summer sun, but with her mother and friends around to share the work and make jokes, it wasn't so bad. Her mother liked to use a stone hoe, but the girl found it heavy and tiring. The girl liked a lighter hoe made from the shoulder blade of an elk or moose. It was wider and she could work quickly, but the bone wore out fast. The women and girls went around each hill of corn, careful not to dig up the roots of the beans and squash. Everyone knew the goodness of these plants and how important they were during the middle of a cold winter. When she thought of it that way, the work wasn't so bad.
Site Name:
Lasley's Point
Site#:
47-WN-96
Found:
Winnebago County, WI
Material:
Bone
Culture/Period:
Oneota
Dimensions:
W-14.5 L-29.7 D-6.5 cm
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