FIRES—INDIAN MODE—Please let me know bow the Indians used to light their fires. What did they use; flint and steel or wood, etc.? How could they light a fire if they used flint and steel or wood? Please describe a few methods. I heard that they used the Indian bow method to light fires, too. What is this method, also?
Indians had no steels, but they used flint against flint. They used the stick method—rubbing dry sticks together so fast that the friction started the smoldering. The bow method was simply a bow, with a string. The string was put around a stick, and one end of the stick put in a pile of punk, or dry powder of wood, and then by working the bow back and forth—fiddling— the end of the stick was heated by friction and after a time, smoke and then a spark came, which was nursed into a flame.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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