Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Nehawka Flint

This blog derives its name, 'Nehawka', from the bluish-gray flint outcroppings in the limestone formation along Weeping Water Creek, near the town of Nehawka, Nebraska. Stone for making tools was a necessity of life to the Native American people of the plains. Early archaeologists mapped out nearly 300 quarry pits, some going 10 feet deep or more, in the area. That's intensive labor, with primitive tools, and shows the value of the flint. The name 'Nehawka' comes from an Indian term for Weeping Water Creek. As legend goes, a battle ensued after a chief's daughter was stolen by another tribe. After three days, many braves had lost their lives. The tears of the families, of the fallen warriors, were said to have formed the 'weeping waters.'

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