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Ohlone Tule House

 
 

Ohlone Tule House

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Replica Ohlone tule house made by Girl Scouts in Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont, California.

materials

Sticks, Long

Tules, Dried

Twine

Willow Bark

methods

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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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Dogbane or stinging nettle twine is useful for lashing the tules to the frame. A lesson plan for creating the cordage can be found at the following link.

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Diorama exhibiting tule homes in use.

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.