At The Clay Holes

Today the Indians dig their clay with common garden tools. It is relatively certain that this has generally been the case since iron tools became available in the sixteenth century. Edith Brown recalled digging clay with a knife, and Wilburn Harris used any metal object, not necessarily a shovel, found in the yard (Edith Brown, interview, 21 April 1977, BC; Wilburn Harris, interview, 9 May 1977, BC). Harrington mentioned the use of a hoe, which hardly seems an efficient tool for taking clay from the ground. Today the shovel is the universal tool. Once the clay is extracted, it is stored in metal or plastic buckets or any bags strong enough to hold damp clay.

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