All living creatures have an inherent right to exist.
Human beings must become stewards and not lords over the Earth.
|Heavy rains cut into banks leaving behind deposits of|
earth and stone
|Because ancient man utilized local flint sources for tool|
making, we look out for recently exposed flint pieces
|This one caught my eye|
|As I began to expose it, it appeared to be a broken spear point|
|I gently moved the loose stone away|
|Brushing off the sand, it became evident that this was an intact artifact|
|Being the first person to touch an object in thousands|
of years is an exhilarating and humbling experience
|It's hard to believe that something so old could|
remain intact in these continually shifting sand bars
|This piece is most likely a knife blade|
It is made from Burlington chert
|Note the beveling and serration on this ancient blade|
|I always consider these finds gifts from the|
ancient artists that created them
|Archaeologists date stone tools based on knapping techniques|
|This specimen dates to the early Archaic Period|
Between 8,000-10,000 years old.
|Recently exposed rock bar|
|Petrified Ice Age Animal Bone is extremely rare in West Central Illinois. |
A small fragment from an ancient unknown species.
|Beautifully patinated outer surface of Petrified Bone fragment|
|Side view with exposed petrified marrow cavity.|
|It's difficult to determine the age of bone without c14 carbon dating|
and identifying the species type is impossible due to it's size.
Patinated bone outer surface.
|Achieving a clean cut and polish can sometimes be difficult due to the porous nature of the marrow cavity.|
|Putting the Cab King through it's paces|
|I wanted the finished piece to look ancient, paying tribute to the prehistoric people|
who lived here on the landscape thousands of years ago.
I chose the traditional tube shape to show off the beautiful grain and patination.
|Primitive Whitetail Deer Effigy by Steve Tieken|
|Materials used in construction:|
prairie cane cuttings, stone adornment (Sustainable Stones fashioned using a file and sandpaper)
100% cotton string with hand collected and prepared natural dyes (walnut, red ochre, polk-berry)
medicine bundle (red felt and tobacco)
|Whitetail Deer Effigy left as sacred offering|
|Small herd of deer grazing outside our backdoor at sunset.|
|Naturally exposed laminated clay deposits|
|Processed clay from above deposit with hand collected|
yellow ochre (limonite) and red ochre (hematite) paint pigments
|Ceramic Ceremonial Tripod Vessel with Decorated Ceramic Marble Offerings|
by Steve Tieken and Wanaree Tanner
Formed with clay collected from above source with hand prepared mineral pigments
|"Cosmic Fire Serpent" by Steve Tieken|
Ceramic bead necklace created using clay from above source with natural mineral pigments