Artifact of the Month – May 2014

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Apache Water Jar

This basket has been waterproofed with pine pitch. It is lightweight

and difficult to break – a perfect water vessel for a mobile people like

the Apache.

Our Artifact of the Month for May 2014 is on loan from the Schoonover

family, in memory of Grace Schoonover.

Larger vessels of this type could be used for cooking, though they were

never placed directly on the fire. Stones were heated in the fire and

added to the basket until the temperature was high enough to cook the

ingredients. As the stones cooled they were replaced with more hot


Grace once used this water jar as the centerpiece of an exhibit that

included a recipe for rabbit stew. The first step was, of course, “Catch a


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