Choctaw Artifacts

Comparatively few articles are now made by the Choctaw, much of their ancient art having been forgotten. At the present time they purchase the necessary tools and implements at the stores, and other objects are no longer used.

The list which follows is believed to include all things of native origin now made by the Choctaw at Bayou Lacomb (1900):

Wood Artifacts

  • Mortars and pestles
  • Scrapers, two forms of, used in preparing skins
  • Drum
  • Ball club
  • Blowgun and darts
  • Canoes

Leather Artifacts

  • Straps for carrying baskets.
  • Narrow strips used on the ball clubs.
  • Untanned skins used for the heads of drums.
  • Long strips of tanned deer skin used as lashes for whips by the drivers of ox teams employed in the lumber industry.

Stone Artifacts

  • Arrowheads
  • Chisels
  • Jewelry
  • Knifes
  • Pieces of chert or jasper are sometimes used with a steel to “strike fire.”


  • Pipes


  • Spoons


  • Pack Basket
  • Elbow Shaped Basket
  • Pointed Basket


  • Ropes


Bushnell, David I., Jr. The Choctaw of Bayou Lacomb, St Tammay Parish Louisiana. Washington Government Printing Office. 1909.

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