Dress, Plateau style, Nez Perce or Blackfoot, c. 1900 – Robbins Museum – Middleborough, Massachusetts

Native Americans made many marvelous things with cutting tools of stone, bone and shell.

Clothing

  • fur parka – is one of the most effective cold weather clothing styles ever developed. One of the major elements used by many of the Arctic tribes was the addition of a fur ruff that was attached to the hood, hem, and cuffs of their parkas. The natural resources used to make fur parkas were superior to many modern synthetic materials and provided excellent insulation against bitter, cold weather conditions.
  • turquoise jewelry – The Native Americans of the Southwest including the Navaho, Zuni, Pueblo, Hopi and Apache tribes are famous for producing their beautiful silver and turquoise jewelry. Turquoise is a semi-precious stone and is found in many U.S. states including Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Virginia, and Utah. The Turquoise stone is considered by the Native American people to offer protection to the body and soul and as a symbol of purity.

Tools

Weapons

  • bow and arrow – Bows and Arrows are the most famous weapons of Native American Indians and were used for hunting and fighting. Bows and Arrows provided long range, accurate weapons and the opportunity to shoot rapid shots on foot or on horseback. Different types and sizes of bows and arrows were designed for hunting and for fighting.

Meet an engineer

  • Mary Golda Ross the first female and the only Native American engineer at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, California during the Space Race. When World War II broke out her father encouraged her to look for work in California. That’s how she ended up at Lockheed as one of its first 40 employees. Her work centered on the performance of ballistic missiles and other defense systems,