HI to the group-
What was missing in this whole ax story is the
finding of the ax, by E. O. Estenson. As a young person, he came with his
father up in the non settled area of Cormorant Lakes, close to Detroit Lakes
MN. There were only traces of Native Americans in the area where they
stopped at the Lakes on their trek up North looking to settle. The Great
Beltrami Slough stopped their progress North. It was at this
stopping point, they they sat on the large rocks along the lake in 1871.
It was here that E. O. saw the stones with the holes chiseled into
them. His father settled there, brought the family possessions
up there. It was there, also, along the large lake rocks, that young
E. O. saw something shining in the water, and there he found an old firesteel-
and then the ax.
One asks, these things had to be lost
previous to E. O. finding them- correct. The Native Americans in the area
would have to have seen others there. We do know that we had a transition
of tribes moving through this area when you take a larger time frame. They could
have found and used the same ax.
But it all comes down to testing- and is it that
expensive to do this? In history of smelting and hammering, cooling and
putting edges on- people can now tell us how long ago (relatively) this
was done. Instead of going this extra mile, the facts are
theses: we chose not to. We could separate out the later day iron
objects and build a true picture of these implements- thus making a true picture
for us to study.