Have you ever walked by a stick, a stone, or a dead animal? It probably doesn’t mean anything in everyday life. Or does it??? The Eastern Woodlands Indians used these resources and more to make fantastical tools and weapons that would seem unimaginable to people today. To the Eastern Woodlands Indians, these tools and weapons helped them in everyday life and in survival.
The Eastern Woodlands Indians used many natural resources for their tools and weapons. For example: bones and animal skins; rocks and stones; and plants and wood. Even though the Eastern Woodlands Indians ate all the meat off of the animal, almost all the rest wood be used for tools and weapons. Bones were used for things like needles, rakes, knives, and scrapers. Rakes were made out of a deer’s antlers, and the sharpened tips of the antlers were used for knives. Porcupine quills and small pointed bones were used for needles. The bone ones were used for sewing mats, and porcupine ones were used to sew and bead clothing. They used the jaw of a deer to scrape corn off the cobs. The Eastern Woodlands indians also used rocks and stones. They used sharpened stones for arrow heads but they also made rounded ones.(see next paragraph). They used rocks to crush and grind food.(see next paragraph). The Eastern Woodlands Indians also used plants and wood. A strong stick is what they would use to make an arrow shaft, the arrow’s body. Larger and even stronger sticks were bent into the shape they needed for their bows. Trees and saplings were used for traps. For example, the “Deadfall” or the “Snare”.
The Eastern Woodlands Indians made interesting weapons that helped them in many ways. Even though there almost countless amount of tools and weapons, here are a few examples. War clubs were used as weapons in battle. They were made of wood and some had sharp spikes on the ends. They would beat their opponent with the club until death. The Eastern Woodlands Indians also made traps for hunting. For instance, the Deadfall. The Deadfall would have a door frame made of sticks or saplings at the front. This would act as a trigger. On top of the frame, they would pile up trees and large branches. When a bear enter the door frame, the trees would come crashing down and kill the bear. Bow and arrow was a popular weapon in Eastern Woodlands Indians culture. It was used to hunt birds, deer, and other fast animals. The sharp stone arrow head was used to kill animals. But rounder ones were used to knock out animals. (like mentioned in the previous paragraph). There was also a mortar and pestle. It includes a stone bowl and mallet. It was used to grind food.
Around the year 1500, the Europeans came to america and started trading for the Eastern Woodlands Indian’s furs. This trading introduced them to new tools and weapons. It also introduced them to firepower, iron, and metal. The europeans traded rifles and other types of guns. This made hunting the faster animals a lot easier. The Eastern Woodlands also traded their furs for metal, iron, and copper items such as knives, pots and pans. The European’s knives were sharp and made clean cuts. These knives were a lot less likely to break than the Eastern Woodlands Indian’s bone knives. The European’s pots and pans the Eastern Woodlands Indians women in cooking. The idea was that the pots and pans (unlike the Eastern Woodlands Indian’s clay ones) wouldn’t break. The clay ones would break over and over. But the new ones didn’t.
In conclusion, the Eastern Woodlands Indians made all their incredible tools and weapons probably seem unthinkable to people today. But those tools and weapons helped the Eastern Woodlands Indians in survival.