Cathlapotle Plankhouse Photo Album


Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project Kick Off
September 7, 2002



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On September 7, 2002, the Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project kicked off at Ridgefield NWR with a public event attended by upward of 200 visitors. The photographs here illustrate some of the event's offerings, which ranged from demonstrations of traditional skills such as cattail cordage making and basketry to flintknapping and plank splitting. All of these activities will play an important role in the construction and interpretation of the 37 by78 foot cedar structure beside a wetland on the Carty Unit of the Refuge in the years to come. Through community workshops and building parties, a Chinook-style plankhouse will once again grace the Columbia River floodplain in a setting that evokes the traditional landscape while protecting the fragile archaeological resources from which come much of our knowledge of the people and the place.

As the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery approaches, a far older story is emerging at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Please join us as we build a future for the past.

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