Indian Pottery and Utensils (Book Two, Card 25)

Wood was used to make a variety of cooking tools, such as spoons, stirrers, and ladles, by the Native Americans. Bark was used to make knives, and split hickory was forged into tongs for lifting hot coal. Animal bones were frequently employed as cooking implements; for example, a deer’s jawbone was used to scrape the kernels from a sweet corn cob. Clay was a typical material for Native American cooking pots. The pots’ tops were open and circular, but the bottoms were pointed. They were suspended from stone tripods. Sticks burnt beneath the pans to provide heat for the food to cook.