People of the Waters - Oneota
OPM #:
2111-119
Object Name:
Spoon
Comments:
Native people had many food choices, including the common clam. The Oneota settled large villages along waterways and utilized all available resources, including fresh water clam. Beyond food, the plentiful clam was a useful resource. It made a perfect spoon, and its appealing pearly interior could be made into attractive ornaments and fishing lures. Art and decoration appeals to all humans, as shown by the scalloped edge of this shell spoon found at Lasley's Point in the late 1930s. Clam shells were also crushed and mixed with wet clay to strengthen pottery vessels.
Site Name:
Lasley's Point
Site#:
47-WN-96
Found:
Winnebago County, WI
Material:
Shell
Culture/Period:
Oneota
Dimensions:
W-5.2 L-8.6 D-1.6 cm
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