Omaha Dwellings, Furniture and Implements

Thirteenth Annual Report of the Beaurau of AmericanEthnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1891-1892

Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,103 / 33 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.8
LoC Category: D
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Government Printing Office, Washington, 1896pages 263-288

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Children's Swings.

For swings the ends of two withes of buffalo hide were secured to four trees or posts which formed the corners of a parallelogram. A blanket was thrown across the withes and folded over on them. The infant was laid on top of the fold and swung from side to side without falling.

Brooms.

Brooms were of two kinds. One form was made of sticks tied together, and was used for sweeping the ground outside of the tent or earth lodge, and the interior of the earth lodge, except the fireplace. The other kind was made of goose or turkey feathers, and was used for sweeping the fireplace of an earth lodge.

Pottery.

Pottery has not been made by the Omaha for more than fifty years. The art of making it has been forgotten by the tribe.

Mortar and Pestles.

A mortar was made by burning a large hole in a round knot or piece of wood about 7 inches in diameter. The lower end was sharpened to a point, which was thrust into the ground when n

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