Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Arrowheads

I never paid much attention to arrowheads before I moved to Oklahoma.  But after working at the Museum of the Great Plains and learning about Native American life, I became more interested in their use.  Hunters would take a stone and chiseled it down so it had a point.  Then attached the point to a throwing stick called an atlatl (aht-lah-tul).  So the hunter didn't lose his point, he would tie the stick to a rope or strap, with the other end attach to his arm.  This would allow him to fling the weapon at an animal and retrieve it.

I used to sell necklaces with arrowheads all the time.  They are very popular shapes in the Southwest.  Here are some arrowhead beads, made from different stones that I have around the house.  

When I saw the arrowhead zentangle on Linda Farmer's tangle patterns site, I knew I had to try it out. Next time I'll know to use graph paper!



This post was brought to you from AlphabeThursday and  Ms. Jenney's blog, "off on my tangent." As you can see, we're starting from the beginning of the alphabet again!  What are others thinking about, when it comes to the letter A ?

16 comments:

Donnie said...

You have some lovely examples there and arrowheads is a great A word.

Judie said...

My Best Friend Artist, who does filigree with pen and ink, is really giving me a hard time about using the word Zentangle, because she says it is a trade name, and I should be saying filigree instead. Whatever! I think your work is interesting and fun! I love your arrowheads!!

Judie said...

Donnie and I have both left comments on your post, but I don't see them. Did we do something wrong???

Teresa said...

What a great post. Your arrowhead pendants are beautiful.

ellen b said...

Very cool! A great choice for A!

H said...

I love the arrowhead beads. I imagine that working in The Museum of the Great Plains must be fascinating!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

They are so pretty! My husband has collection of arrowheads from his dad.

Terra said...

We recently took a trip to Tucson and each night the hotel had a flute player that stoof on a near by mountain playing beautiful music...before he played a man would tell the story of the land and hand out arrowheads to the kids...this was so so so special! I am going to the site you found with my oldest she will love it!

Sue said...

Arrowheads are cool. My husband and kids used to look for them all the time.

=)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love arrowheads..

We see them fairly often out here!

☆☆Mumsy said...

Your arrowheads are fascinating, and it's great how they were used in jewelry making.

taylorsoutback said...

Beautiful beads! We lived along the Wisconsin River for 20+ years and our house was built on the site of an Indian encampment. We discovered an old fire pit and some pottery shards. I worked in our garden all the time and was forever turning up chips and old arrowheads, even a scraping tool. Our friend who has one of the finest arrowhead collections in the State told me the scraping tool was probably about 500 years old. How fascinating that we can hold a bit of history in our hands.
Thank you for sharing.

Cheryl D. said...

I didn't realize that arrowheads were so beautiful!

Vicki aka Jake said...

My dad has quite a collection so I've been around them all my life. Pretty fascinating..

Jingle said...

These are lovely shaped.
Happy Sunday.

Jenny said...

I love arrowheads. The feel of history when you hold them in your hand is really amazing.

An old farmhouse I used to have was built in 1813 with the assistance of native Indians. There was a natural spring on the property and we were forever finding bird and spear points by that spring.

Thanks for the wonderful memory and the interesting link to Alphabe-Thursday.

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