Wonderful Power: The Story of Ancient Copper Working in the Lake Superior Basin
Native Americans in the Lake Superior basin mined copper and traded it beyond the area. They directed white settlers to copper lodes and explained the mineral's significance and "wonderful power." This work examines the archaeological record to relate the story of this prehistoric industry.
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What Has Particularly Recommended Their Labors to Me
Of Heaps of Rubble and Earth along the Courses of the Veins
Implements Ornaments and Objects of Faith of Great Variety
They Must Have Been Numerous Industrious and Persevering
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