Journey into the past and experience the wonder of discovering Indian artifacts. Centuries ago many Native-Americans lived throughout New York and New Jersey—and today you can still find signs of their presence. Albert H. Heusser, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, shows how and where to look for the artifacts that still remain, and the simple pleasures of identifying and collecting them. Using dozens of local examples, from New York's Tuxedo Park to New Jersey's Saddle River, Heusser takes you on lively and intimate exploration of Indian history. Homes and Haunts of the Indians features over 40 photographs and drawings of bygone Indian haunts and ancient relics from the author's own collection. And you don't have to be a local—most of the information Heusser shares will help anyone learn to hunt artifacts. If you've ever wondered how to start looking for Indian artifacts, or want to get a closer look at how Native-Americans lived many years ago, Homes and Haunts of the Indians takes you on a personal tour of discovery.
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About the Author
Historian, author, and lecturer Albert H. Heusser was born in Passaic, New Jersey in 1886. He was a member of the New York Department of Education, the National Geographic Society, the New Jersey Historical Society and Curator of the Passaic County Historical Society. In addition to Homes and Haunts of the Indians, he wrote a number of books on history and travel. He died in 1929 in Passaic, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Chapter I 1
Initial excursions in search of Indian relics
Water-courses and camp sites
Indian farms and village sites
The primitive worker of flint and his product
Antiquity of Indian artifacts
Friendly intercourse between settler and Indian
David Godwin's diary
The science of archaeology
Chapter II 19
Beside the brooks wad rivulets
The Indians as fishermen
Canoes and "dugouts."
The Falls of the Passaia
Indian Reservations of to-day
Indian feasting grounds
The confraternity of those who comprehend
Chapter III 41
Appearance and characteristics of the Indiana
Peter Hasenclever's contemporary descriptions
Indian communal life
Village-site implements: the hoe, mortars and pestles, hand-hammers, azes, tomahawks and celts, "scrapers."
Migratory habits of the Indiana
Chapter IV 57
The wilderness, natural environment of the redskin
The mountain-top vantage points
Seasons suitable for research
The joys of the rambler
Types of secondary rock-shelters and "occasional" habitations of the Indians
The Lake Macopin shelter
Garret Mountain "lean-to."
Chapter V 71
Mr. Max Schrabisch and the exploration of aboriginal rock-shelters
The Cedar Pond Rock
Transient abodes of the Indians
The pleasures of companionship
Indian council fires
Golf Hill and "Man-of-War Rock."
The beauties of the Ramapo Mountains
Revolutionary significance of the Ramapo defile
Claudius Smith, the "Cowboy of the Ramapo Mountains."
The beauties of winter among the hills
Chapter VI 91
Religious beliefs of the aboriginal Americans
Knowledge of medicine and surgery possessed by primitive people
Banner-stones and "gorgets."
Beads, wampum and pipes
The white-man's wampum
The vanished people and their well-beloved forest haunts