Native Ways – A Plant for ALL Seasons: Cattail
Following guidance issued by federal, state, and local authorities, our locations are closed indefinitely. This event has been cancelled. We hope to offer it in the future.
The new class, Native Ways— A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail begins in April at the Lancaster Longhouse on the grounds of the 1719 Herr House & Museum. MaryAnn Robins, president of Circle Legacy Center (circlelegacycenter.org), presents this four-part series that follows seasonal cycles.
Learn and understand the value of the cattail plant to the Native people of the Eastern woodlands.
The first session on April 18 from 9 am to 10:30 am, focuses on instruction. How do you identify the cattail and harvest the plant? What are common uses of the plant in Native culture?
On June 20 from 9 am to 11 am, the second session entitled Cakes and Torches begins with students learning the edible properties of the plant and preparing cakes from the ground cattail that students may enjoy. The brown stock of the plant is a great firestarter. Students dip them in bear grease to make torches.
The last two sessions delve into mat making. Students gather and split the reeds of the cattail during the third session on August 8 from 9 am to 11 am. The fourth session on October 3 from 9 am to 11 am, demonstrates how to use the dried reeds to weave mats.
Robins asks students to make her aware of any allergies in advance. Loose-fitting clothing suggested for the hands-on sessions.
The cost is $60. Members receive their discount. Classes cannot be purchased individually.