Native people have inhabited the lakes area of Minnesota for thousands of years. Several artifacts in the Museum were donated by Rick J. Smith. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Eacobbaci found arrowheads, a pipe bowl, a copper hide scraper (or axe), and some Knife River flint on their property in the Big Sandy Lake vicinity in the 1960’s. The stone arrowheads date back to 10,000 A.D. and the copper scraper is of a later date. The pipe bowl is most likely Micmac in origin and possibly traveled to this area by trade routes. Enjoy the entire collection at the Museum, but see some examples below.