JimTobyBirdHornspoonsToday I found an interesting write-up on Jim Toby’s bird carvings. Like many other Choctaw men, Jim Toby made horn spoons. These are very ornate.

“Jim Toby was born in 1910 and passed away in 1986. He was a member of the Choctaw-Apache community. During the Great Depression, Toby worked as a cowboy and specialized in bronco riding. He learned to hunt using a bow and arrow, and was often found in the woods watching birds and other animals. In his later years he began to create animal images from wood and bone. These two birds are carved from cow horn, from which he also made spoons…”

The Choctaw-Apache community is located in Sabine Parish, centered around the towns of Ebarb and Zwolle.

http://www.louisianafolklife.org/FOLKLIFEimagebase/FLImagesListing.asp?Page=167

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