Native Tech (M-4 Post #1)

Native Tech (M-4 Post #1)

NativeTech is an educational web site that covers topics of Native American technology and art with an emphasis on the Eastern Woodlands region. The web site is organized into categories of Beadwork, Birds & Feathers, Clay & Pottery, Leather & Clothes, Metalwork, Plants & Trees, Porcupine Quills, Stonework & Tools, and Weaving & Cordage. You can find information about how these technologies are used as well as how they were developed.   NativeTech attempts to show both change and continuity from pre-contact times to the presen and is dedicated to revising the term ‘primitive’ with respect to peoples’ perceptions of Native American technology and art. Native American technologies are highly ‘evolved’, the product of thousands of years of expertise, oral traditions, change and continuity. There is nothing crude or rudimentary about them, there is nothing self-taught or untutored about them. The technologies are all very difficult technologies to master and require intelligence, practice, skill, patience and teaching to be proficient at them.

This website represents the beginnings of an internet resource for indigenous ‘ethnotechnology’.


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