April 14, 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.