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December 2014

Frisco Native American

Frisco Native American Museum MUSEUM RECEIVES UNUSUAL ARTIFACT While visiting the Outer Banks, Rick and Betty Shafer from Hiller, Pennsylvania had a touch of intrigue when they took a beach walk. Near the shoreline, feeling a small “lump” under his feet, Rick Shafer picked up an unusual object. “It looked like it was possibly man-made, but it had an interesting shape and we weren’t sure how it could have been used ” said Betty Shafer. “After showing it to several authorities who couldn’t identify it, a Fish and Wildlife agent suggested we contact the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center. We got in touch with the museum and met with the director, Carl Bornfriend. We knew right away we had gone to the right place.” Bornfriend examined the small artifact with special lighting and high magnification. As he gently traced the curvature of the surface, he sniffed the interior and carefully probed the inner area. Running his finger along the rim, he smiled and told the Shafers that they had found a treasure. “It is clearly man-made, shaped from clay, and formed into a small vessel” Bornfriend said. “It is quite old and could have been used to carry medicines, perhaps herbs or other items considered important. Two swirls near the opening at first appear to be intentional designs but show no signs of tool markings and are more likely crafted by nature. Small indentations along the bottom edge are also signs of wear from sand abrasions.” Pleased that the vessel had found a good home, the Shafers donated it to the museum where staff will continue to research the item. In the meantime, it provides a vivid example of the treasures the beach has to offer for those with sharp eyes and a sense of adventure. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit the web site at www.nativeamericanmuseum.org or call 252-995-4440. 26 Albemarle Tradewinds December 2014 albemarletradewinds.com

‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ was created as a promotion for Montgomery Ward The most famous of Santa’s reindeer came to life as part of a commercial promotion. His first appearance was in a story written in 1939 by ad copywriter Robert L. May that was published in a Montgomery Ward department store promotional booklet given out to children visiting Santa. Since Rudolph was created for Montgomery Ward, the department store owned the copyright and May received no royalties after it became a huge success. Sadly, May almost went bankrupt paying for his ailing wife’s medical bills before finally convincing Montgomery Ward to give him the rights to the plucky reindeer. Rudolph became an even bigger success when May set the story to music with the help of his songwriter brother-in-law Johnny Marks. A famous rendition recorded by Gene Autry became one of the best-selling Christmas songs of all time, selling more than two million copies. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds December 2014 27