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  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Plants, Trees & Shelters / Cattails & Reeds

    Resources: 5 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    Cattail Paper
    TYPHA LATIFOLIA, OR THE COMMON CATTAIL, is one of ten species of a tall aquatic herb found in marshes and ponds throughout both hemispheres. Its practical usefulness has long been known the world over. Native Indians of North America ate the tender spring shoots. The long flat leaves of the cattail were woven into mats and baskets and have also been used as caning material for chairs. As children at our summer cottage we would soak the dark brown, club-like spikes in kerosene to light as torches on the beach at night.
    More sites on members.shaw.ca
    Cattail Sandals
    From the Primitive Skills Group - The sandals were made by the the bintubi(also known as Pintubi) aborigines and the technique is simple but since a picture is worth a thousand words I'll find the reference to it and you can track it down. I think it was in the Journal "Mankind" and it was written by Thomson.....Naaah I'll try and explain it.
    More sites on staff.washington.edu
    Duck decoys
      US - Southwest
    Maker unknown. Lovelock Cave, Humboldt County,Nevada. ca. 200 A.D. Lengths: 26.5 and 27 cm. (13.4521D and 13.4513) - National Museum of the American Indian - Creations Journey
    More sites on www.si.edu
    Introduction To Tule Ethnobotany
      US - Southwest
    By Norm Kidder. Tule, seems to be both a general term for freshwater marshes and also for the sedges of the genus Scirpus. The term Tule Fog refers to moisture rising from the ground.
    More sites on www.primitiveways.com
    Native American Duck Decoy, c.0-1000 B.C.E.
      US - Southwest
    2,000-3,000 year old duck decoy made of shoreline plants was found in Nevada. Smithsonian
    More sites on eee.uci.edu

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