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Ohlone Tule Boat

 
 

Ohlone Tule Boat

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Replica Ohlone tule boats in Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont, California.

  

materials

Dried Tules

Twine

methods

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Traditional stone tools can be used to cut tules.

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Fresh-cut tules.

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Tules drying in preparation in a purpose-built structure. Dried tules are bundled together on the top shelf.

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Diorama exhibiting tule boat in use.

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Tule boat on display at the California Academy of Sciences.

Resources

This was taught to me by Dino Labiste, a Naturalist with the East Bay Regional Parks District in a class entitled, "Ohlone Tools and Games for Your Classroom." While it appears this class is no longer being taught, a resource page can be found on the East Bay Regional Parks website.


Lesson plan adapted by Heather Taylor, teachoutside@gmail.com. You are welcome to share all materials with credit to her.