Join us on Mother's Day, May 13, as the Cathlapotle Plankhouse kicks off its 2012 Second Sunday Series. Fiber artist and scholar Pat Courtney Gold will be presenting "Native American Women of the Columbia River Area" at 2pm. Women contributed greatly to their communities in a variety of ways and this presentation explores those important contributions. She will also share stories of notable Native women, both historically and contemporary. Guided tours of the Plankhouse and children’s activities will be available from 12-4pm.
The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is a modern Chinookan Plankhouse built to interpret the Chinookan village of Cathlapotle that once existed on what is today Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge property. At the time Lewis and Clark visited Cathlapotle, it had 14 large plankhouses and over 900 people living there. The modern Cathlapotle Plankhouse is used to provide educational programs to youth and the general public through our Lifeways, Landscapes, and Wildlife Interpretive Program. To learn more about the plankhouse visit www.ridgefieldfriends.org or contact Katie Harrison at Katie_Harrison@fws.gov or (360) 887-4106.