Making Cattail Mats

Come help make large, cattail mats to cover the roof of a wigwam, and/or make a mini-mat to take home! This work will be ongoing – people can come, work a little, and move on when they are ready. Two or three teachers will assist people with the work. As we work, we’ll talk about the process of collecting and preparing the materials, the historical background of mat-making, and see photos of the shelter the mats cover. Handouts will be available with this information as well. Stop by this drop-in session to get hands-on experience working on this kind of mat, and information about how to make mats yourself.

More about this teacher:

Rowena Conahan (and friends), Ann Arbor Nature School

Rowena Conahan is a certified Montessor teacher and professional storyteller. She has attended Tom Brown’s Tracker School in New Jersey and Wilderness Awareness School’s Art of Mentoring class and Kamana Naturalist Training program. During the last five years, Rowena has taught Nature Class, and has helped groups of volunteers to build two primitive shelters – a tipi and a wigwam. She leads edible and medicinal plant walks through the Washtenaw County Park System and Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts. She also hosts periodic free gatherings at the wigwam for people of all ages to practice primitive skills around a campfire and enjoy nature together (see


Rowena Conahan (and friends), Ann Arbor Nature School


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