• Making Ink In Comanche, Texas?

    Someone once told me that extraordinary things are never accomplished by ordinary means, and it must have impressed me because I have never forgotten it. In fact, that was my thought last week when Cliff Conway, Gail Bradshaw, Bruce Bradshaw, and I walked the trail around Indian Creek and planned for the day when it will be lined with featured native plants that the Comanche would have used for both food sources and medicinal purposes.

    And that’s where my mind was when Bruce shoved something in my face, saying something to the effect of “ink ball.” Of course, I’m not a master naturalist as he and Gail are, and I have none of the science background that Cliff and Amy have so I had absolutely no idea what was meant by any of their conversation, but as it turned out, it was pretty darned interesting…even if the Comanche didn’t write many letters!  :)

    Amy Moerman shows off an "ink ball" or actually an oak gall.

    Amy Moerman shows off an “ink ball” or actually an oak gall.

    Believe it or not, almost every great historical document including the Constitution and, yes, the Dead Sea Scrolls, were written with ink made from what Bruce referred to as Ink Balls.

    Bruce Bradshaw shows of the inside of the oak gall. These galls were crushed and boiled to begin the process of making ink.

    Bruce Bradshaw shows of the inside of the oak gall. These galls were crushed and boiled to begin the process of making ink.

    If you will click on the link above, you will find the “recipe” used by all of our ancestors for making ink, and once again we are left with the though of how hard life was once upon a time as well as the fact that almost all of the time people had was spent trying to survive, trying to make their lives better. They didn’t have a lot of time to attend Rangers’ games, did they?

    It’s going to be fun to learn all of these things along the trail that these hardworking people are planning for the rest of us. I personally can’t wait to see it!

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    2 Responses to Making Ink In Comanche, Texas?

    1. janella says:

      On our trip to the Indian Village in Erath County, we were shown some rocks? that when broken open were the source of the yellow Indian War Paint. I am also intrigued by the items they used to use for medicine and for food and would like to find more information.

      • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

        Janella, you know we are building a hiking trail that will feature those very things. Each will have its own sign and QR code that carries people who want more to the research. Thanks for responding!

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