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Chantland donates relic to Meskwaki Museum

June 17, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Gilbert Chantland, the 91-year-old rural Tama farmer who was just featured for a two-headed calf born on his place east of Tama made more news last Friday, June 6.

He stopped at The News-Herald office in Tama with an Indian relic found years ago by his father, Sam Chantland, on the home place east of Tama where Gilbert still lives.

He was on his way to the Meskwaki Tribal Museum on the Settlement west of Tama to donate the stone implement.

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Gilbert Chantland displays an Indian relic his father found on the family farm east of Tama some years ago.
News-Herald/John Speer

While Gilbert had not established it's intended use, he guessed it could have been a farming tool or perhaps used to crush or break down animal bones.

The stone weighs 28 1/2 lbs. and measured about one foot high.

Gilbert said he believes his father was planting corn when he made the find.



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