The Hohokam were not only masters of their environment but also skilled artisans and brilliant artists. Many examples of their creativity survived for hundreds of years after being created: jewelry, pottery, and rock art are the most common. Some of the iconography on O'odham basketry resembles Hohokam pottery, so I have taken the liberty of including a few samples of more-recent baskets here. Textiles have also been found, and traces of ground pigments left on flat stone palettes suggest that the Hohokam decorated themselves as well as items they made.
The Hohokam made their own specialized tools out of wood, stone, and bone to produce these beautiful items. They also produced an acid to etch shell, developed a bow drill to make tiny holes in shell and bone for jewelry, shaped and polished turquoise beads with abrasive horsetail reeds, and used fire to harden wooden tools such as digging-sticks.
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