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    I was banging some quartz together and got involved in making piezo sparks. Some quite bright.

    How did native Americans interpret this? Do we know?

  • #2
    By interpret, do you mean use? I'm sure that they figured out how to do it at some point, especially along the Eastern Seaboard where quartz is plentiful.
    "The education of a man is never completed until he dies." Robert E. Lee

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    • #3
      No, I mean what did they think of the light and spark generated from banging quartz together. I wonder what they thought that was. I wonder if there is any oral history or lore about it.

      I don't really see anyway they could use it for anything, but it's a curiosity they must have seen any time they worked quartz

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      • Mattern
        Mattern commented
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        I completely agree Holden.

    • #4
      Rub two pieces of quartz together, and you get little flashes of light (not sparks) from something called Triboluminescence.

      The Ute and other groups made use of it in ceremonies, but I'm sure older groups figured out the magic while knapping and grinding edges.

      I use the word magic because it still isn't exactly clear how a static charge in quartz can make it glow like it does. Check out a video on YouTube if you want to see it. You'll probably end up in a closet or bathroom without windows rubbing rocks together.
      Hong Kong, but from Indiana/Florida

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      • #5
        As I was reading i was thinking about trying it
        NW Georgia

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        • #6
          The piezo effect of quarts is sometimes used as detonation signal in anti tank projectiles.
          SE IA

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          • #7
            I was sleeping on the couch and there is a fake fur thing that in the dark shoots all kind of sparks when you rub it producing static electricity... I'd guess natural fur would do the same thing, even human hair. or lift up hair after getting charged up. Shaman's tricks I bet lol.
            Professor Shellman
            Tampa Bay

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            • Josie
              Josie commented
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              Lol, that made me laugh.

            • oldrocks2
              oldrocks2 commented
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              He would be at a loss on an old bald indian. Wonder if they went bald ?

            • Josie
              Josie commented
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              Lol

          • #8
            I think a practical application you may not have thought about are the igniters in your barbecue grills. it is an electric spark.

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            • #9
              I just saw this . I actually have my quartz packed but don’t you know I’ll try this.
              I also took my Grandaughter in the bathroom and took two pieces of flint to show her it sparked ( if we had dry grass ) it could start a fire . She saw the sparks and could smell it . Pretty amazing for a 8 year old .

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