They Tied Their Worlds Together: Stinging Nettle Cord, Net Bags, & Round Weave

  • March 3, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Something as simple as string, taken for granted by modern people, was prized by native peoples and was so important for so many tasks it is said that native peoples "tied their worlds together."

This is a relaxing, fun, and fact-filled class. We'll also be inside and out of the weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we'll cover:

  • The types of plants useful in rope-making.
  • Processing stinging nettle stalks for cord.
  • Two ways to roll fiber into cord.
  • Cord for traps, nets, bow-strings, and more.
  • Making stylish net bags.
  • A round weave useful for straps.

Many are familiar with Ishi, the last Yahi. Some called him the last wild indian and had been living in the mountains of California in his traditional way until until 1910. When asked what his favorite things from modern life were, he would say that it was string and glue that were his favorite amenities and he couldn't believe people ever threw those things away.

Here Ishi is prepping sinew to wrap arrow shafts.

 

 

 

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  • Samantha

    Excellent, as always! The intentful, working silences set the much needed tone for the day.

    March 3, 2013

  • Miriam

    Thanks, that tea sounds tastier. See you tomorrow.

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's my number for tomorrow. [masked]-1568. Call or text if there's an issue. And I think it will be nettle-mint-rose hip tea instead of dandelions. :)

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Kelley

    Seems like a useful skill to have - Also, I'm curious what Alex will eat next.

    2 · February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Actually we can cook some nettles, have nettle/dandelion tea, etc.

      3 · February 26, 2013

    • Christi

      Shoot...sorry I'm going to miss out on all the fun!

      February 26, 2013

  • Christi

    I'd love to attend this one but I'll be in Seattle that weekend. I hope you offer it again this year.

    1 · January 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hopefully, yes. I usually go several months between the same class or do a variation.

      1 · January 23, 2013

  • Marcella T.

    Considered the hypothermia class, but this sounded even more sick & twisted ;)

    January 22, 2013

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