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Cattail Mat Workshop

On July 12-13 a new and interesting workshop was held at Fort Boonesborough. Tony Baker of Indiana, conducted the class on making cattail mats as the native Americans did in the 18th century. Tony owns the company Baker’s Bundles and is well known for his woven blankets.

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According to Bill Farmer “The mat making workshop was great. Tony Baker put this on, with the able assistance of none other than Randy Wolfe, and it was a very informative, all hands-on program. The participants had a great time, the demonstrators had a great time, and we had lots of really interested visitors as well. This will make it possible to upgrade the interpretation in our Native village area, and have another interpretive demonstration on site. Two of our interpreters from the fort also participated in this and learned the process.”

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Other participants included native re-enactor Michael Fields, Randy Bales and Debby Jenkins Bales and Scott and Kristi Heasley. Kristi Heasley found the workshop “very interseting. I want to also relate it to basket weaving. I have directions to make a cattail basket, so I thought I’d definitely learn something this weekend.”

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The workshop was held behind the fort near the half face shelter. A special thanks to Tony Baker for sharing this knowledge.

Photos by Bill Farmer

The original Fort Boonesborough was built by Daniel Boone and his men in 1775

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