Where: Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: Carty Unit - 28908 NW Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642
When: August 14, 2016
Join us for a day of demonstrations and hands on activities highlighting traditional technologies found across the world and throughout time. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse will be open from 12:-4:00 and there will be activities for families to connect with local culture and wildlife. In the House students from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde's Lifeways class will be demonstrating carving, weaving, and Native art design, while outside visitors can try their hand throwing an atlatl, shooting a bow and arrow, making cordage, friction fire, and watch stone tools being created by an experienced flintknapper.
12pm - 4pm: Experience traditional tools and technologies humans have used since time immemorial. Demonstrators will be at the Plankhouse showing various traditional skills found both around the world and in Indigenous cultures of the Lower Columbia River.
Carving, Weaving, and Native Art Design demonstrations by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Lifeways students
Chinuk Wawa, the heritage language of Chinookan Peoples
Natural Paints and Pigments
12:00pm: Naturalist Led Hike "Bird Language" - join us for a hike directed towards opening up participant's eyes to the world of Bird Language. Learn how to use bird calls and behavior to discover what is happening in the environment around you.
2:00 pm: Naturalist Led Hike "A Walk through the Oaks" - join a us for a hike down the Oaks to Wetlands Trail and learn about how the Native Peoples of this area have been taking care of Oak and other Refuge ecosystems since time immemorial.
You can also check out the ample wildlife watching opportunities on the River 'S' Unit Auto Tour Driving Route.
Cost: Refuge admission is $3 per vehicle
For more information: Check the Friends website ridgefieldfriends.org for maps of Refuge trails or contact Plankhouse Director Sarah Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 887-4106.
For wheelchair access to this event, please contact Sarah prior to the event date.