What type of clothing and tools did Native Americans in California make?

In most of California, the weather was so mild that Native Americans needed little clothing.

Men usually wore a simple thong made of animal skin or nothing at all. Women generally strapped mats woven from strips of bark around their waists.

The tools California Indians made were equally simple. Because plants and animals were so plentiful, they needed only the most basic implements to do the work of food-gathering.

For instance, women used sticks carved to a point at one end to dig roots and bulbs from the ground. Women did use great skill and care, however, in crafting one type of object, their baskets.

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