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Cattail Mat Kit
Students can see an artifact model of traditionally sewn cattail mat (optional purchase) made from the common cattail, and learn about the importance of cattail mats in daily life for insulation, mattresses, seating and more for the people of Cascadia. Students from ages 8 -80 enjoy this activity.
Each student will make a small cattail mat using a 6″ needle, natural fiber cordage, and cattail leaves. These mats are roughly 3″x6″ and help students understand how the properties of cattails are ideal for this purpose, and learn the unique sewn technique, used for these mats. These model mats can then be used to make ‘summer shelter’ diorama’s to replicate cattail mat shelters used during the gathering seasons. Note: supplies for diorama’s are not supplied, but easily available (plates, pipe cleaners, modeling clay, natural objects.
Kit includes: Sample project mat; cattails prepared and cut to length for 25- 3″x6″ (+/-) mats, 25- 6″ plastic needles, hemp cordage and raffia cut to length, activity sheet with instructions, historic images and line art. Optional artifact replica of a cattail mat 6″x 8″ (+/-) using authentic materials and techniques available for hands-on learning.
Cedar Bark Weaving Kit
Students will learn about the amazing inner bark of Western redcedar tree and how it can be used to weave baskets, hats, mats and more for daily life. Students from third grade to high school enjoy this activity. Students will see a sample cedar bark strip and how cedar can be split into finer strips for basketry. They will weave a small cedar bark bracelet or armband using a braided diagonal plaiting technique, then embellish with shell buttons, sinew and colored raffia.
Kit includes: Sample inner outer bark of Western redcedar tree showing the layers; sample thick bark to demo splitting; Activity sheet with instructions; historic images and line art; prepared cedar bark strips cut and prepared, raffia, sinew and buttons for 25 bracelets
Northwest Weaving with Wool
Students learn about the art form of the Northwest Coast weaving with wool on a unique ‘two-bar loom’ for blankets and robes. Using a model of this traditional ‘two-bar loom’ students will each make their own small weaving of a Salish blanket using natural wool and traditional natural colors.
Note: these can be used as ‘blankets’ in the cattail mat diorama, or in association with the Cedar Plank wall.
Kit includes: 25) two-bar loom model, Pre-cut yarn (white, and traditional colors) for 25 wool weavings; 25) 2″ plastic needles; Instruction sheet for activity; color images of two bar loom and Northwest Coast wool weavings.
Replenishment kit (max 2/kit): $35.00/each
Natural Dyes Supplemental Kit Extend the Weaving with Wool activity by dying your own wool for the weaving. Supplemental kit includes up to six plant dye materials such as Oregon grape, black walnut, Osage orange, red alder and dried salal berries; wool yarn, Activity sheet, and dye sample form students can use to display their dyed wool.
Cedar Plank Houses
Students will learn about cedar plank houses and their unique construction which includes the removable plank wall, and tiled roof planks. They will learn about the properties of redcedar wood and how it was split into planks using wedges and mallets. Students will discover the unique construction technique used to create the removable plank wall. Using one cedar plank wall model with alder poles, cedar planks and natural cordage, students will understand that this construction technique works perfectly for the weather in the lands of Cascadia.
Kit includes: Six old growth cedar planks, 4 alder poles, cedar base and natural cordage to assemble a roughly 10″x12″ model of a cedar plank house wall, line art pages for cedar plankhouse and construction, color drawings of plank houses.
Optional Cattail Mat Artifact can be used to show how cattail mats were used on the inside of the plank wall as insulation to capture and hold heat. This is included in the Cattail Mat House kit or can be ordered separately.
*Replenishment kits are the replenishable supplies necessary for each student to make their project, and are available for up to two additional classes per kit ordered, per year. In other words if you order one full class Kit plus two kit replenishment, you will have enough supplies for 75 students. Kit replenishments do not include props, images, or activity sheets, or reusable equipment (needles, looms, etc), so please be sure you still have these if you are reordering from a previous year. They may only be ordered in conjunction with a kit.