Ernest Thompson-Seton founded his vision of Scouting on the lore of Native American life. I’ve devoted a great deal of time over the years to studying the Native American Peoples who once occupied Southeastern Pennsylvania where I live (specifically the Lenape and Susquehannock). I think it is important our Scouts have the opportunity to connect with these traditions.
C. Keith Wilbur’s books have always been one of my favorite resources for studying and sharing the material culture of Native America on the east coast. His exacting illustrations and handwritten text are informative and compelling.
A detailed look into the ‘how to’ for dozens of objects and tools. With these instructions you can fabricate the articles once used for daily life from materials found in nature. The book describes ambitious projects like wigwams and dugout canoes and easier (yet still challenging) items like atlatls and drinking cups.
Indian Handcrafts available at Amazon
The Woodland Indians is an excellent illustrated guide to the lives of prehistoric Peoples. No written records exist to describe 30,000 years the history of our continent. How the original inhabitants lived, their leadership, religious beliefs, seasonal celebrations, agriculture and warfare are pieced together by researching artifacts and archaeological sites. This fascinating look into the past brings the projects in Indian Handicrafts to life.
Woodland Indians available at Amazon.