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Replicas of archaeological artifacts are often needed, as in cases where the original is not available for public display because it is being studied in a laboratory. Or perhaps a Native American people wish to keep their heirlooms themselves but allow us to make copies so that we may show others what the pieces look like.
|The jewelry piece I have reproduced here is made of porcupine quills and seed beads on a deerskin backing. Native Americans first obtained seed beads from European traders. (Click on the picture to see an enlarged image.)|
To make the quills soft enough which with to work, it is easiest to put them in water to soften them. The quills in this piece were so worked. They were dyed using natural materials such as minerals and berries.
Bone Tool Replicas
Here are 3 bone piece replicas which I made. (For more examples with better graphics, click here.)
Susan K. Nelson has a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology Education from the McGregor School at Antioch University.