Bulletin of the New York State Museum Volume 16-19

Bulletin of the New York State Museum Volume 16-19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...probably the ancestors of the Onondagas, having used those of clay. Of these there are fine examples. One curious pipe of mottled green soapstone, comes from that county. The raised end of the bowl, which is at the back as usual in this form, is divided into two broad horns, on each of which is a human face of modern type. It was probably made in the seventeenth century. Each projection is divided into two concentric horns above the face, terminating in a point. In these respects it is unique. TUBES Five classes of tubes are enumerated by Mr. Fowke, in the Reports of the Bureau of Ethnology, four of which are represented in New York. To these may be added here those with four flattened sides, which do not essentially differ from the cylindric forms; and those with an expanding end, generally almost closed. The use of all these articles is conjectural, and may not have been always the same. One well supported theory is that they were used in sucking blood when bleeding was resorted to, or in injecting the smoke of medicinal plants. In California they have bone mouth pieces, and are usually classed as pipes. Schoolcraft gave the first account of these in 1843, a"d those he examined from a Grave Creek mound are like those found in New York and on the east shore of Lake Champlain. His account is not readily accessible, and may therefore be quoted. 'Several polished tubes of stone have been found in one of the lesser mounds, the use of which is not apparent. One of these, now on my table, is 12 inches long, one and one fourth wide at one end, and one and one half at the other. It is made of a compact lead blue steatite, mottled, and has been constructed by boring, in the manner of a gun barrel. This boring is continued to within about...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236844505
  • 9781236844507