Ho-nee-um trail in the fall
Kline, Virginia; Brown, Charles E.
[Indian legends and stories about Ho-nee-um Pond], pp. 2-6
berries, roots of wild plants, and maple syrup. Foods requiring cooking were placed in bark or clay containers and heated by repeatedly adding hot stones. Skins of animals provided clothing and shelter, the sinews a strong sewing and binding material. The skin of the neck of the snapping turtle made the best bowstring. Cattail leaves were woven into mats used in wigwam building and the fluff from the cattail seed heads was used for dressings and cradle board padding. (One of the first disposable diapers?) Fibers from nettle plants were made into fish nets. Basswood trunks made dugout canoes. Wood for bows and arrows was ash or hickory. While he made use of nature's bounty in such ingenious ways, the Indian showed a reverence for things in nature and was a true conservationist. His attitude toward protecting the pure water of the tribal spring illustrates this as does the Indian tradition that land is not owned by the members here today but is held in trust to be used, cared for, and passed on to future generations. 3
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