Ed and Amanda Nelson
South Central Montana
I'm a 5th
generation Montanan and have been collecting artifacts since the age of 9
which would be about 1956. I'm retired from a large const. company where I was
a structural Supt. I have lots of hobbies which include finding jobs for my
wife. (4 isn't enough). We've been married for 3 1/2 years. I married the
enemy, a Southern California gal. Whom I might add belongs in Montana more
than a lot of Montana natives do. We both appreciate our beautiful State for
everything it has to offer. We have a small farm where we practice being self
sufficient and try to hold on to the values and ethics that are so hard to
find this day and age.
How I got started collecting!
My start came
from Dad taking us kids to places where he grew up in Central Montana. His Dad
and ancestors farmed and ranched here. There was a buffalo jump there with
many teepee rings. We were not serious collectors till later in life when I
moved back to Mont.
My wife found her first arrowhead 3
years ago and has been hooked ever since.
What I like to collect!
WE spend two weeks in the
Spring and two weeks in the Fall camped at the sites. We look for everything and
take pleasure in learning the types of points and the people that created them.
We also like being somewhere that is void of people. Many cultures have used
these areas-we are just the most recent and will not disturb it.
My favorite relic!
When about 10 my brother found a buffalo
skull in a crevice that had a small plains side notched stuck in it. This item
has been lost. My wife's favorite is a turtle effigy. My second favorite is a
metal trade point.
A few pics!