The Cherokee people used many crafts to trade with other surrounding first nations groups. They used bird bones and shell found on nearby shores as well as wood and nuts to make tools and beads. They traded pipes that were made of soapstone found in the rivers and sometimes used for religious ceremonies. The Cherokee also traded weapons like long bows and flint arrow heads. They were well known for making baskets of river cane and white oak and star quilts made of assorted cloth and deer skin.