Cathlapotle Plankhouse

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July 10, 2016 - Contempory Native Art Inspired by Cultures of the Columbia River

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Second Sunday Series - Speakers, guided hike, mask exhibit, tours, and kids activities. Click above for details. Click above for details.

May 8, 2016 - Cathlapotle Plankhouse – Mother's Day Celebration

Take mom for a stroll at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge to connect with wildlife and Native culture this Mother’s Day. At 1:00 learn how the traditional roles of Native women in Pacific Northwest helped maintain gender equality and how women’s roles show up in the archaeological record. The Plankhouse will be open for visitors from 12pm-4pm, and there will be activities for the kids as well. Click above for more info.

April 17, 2016 - Spring Opening Celebration, Lecture and Guided Hikes

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July 12, 2015 - The Confluence Project, Exploring History, culture, and ecology along the Columbia River

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May 11, 2014 - Making sense of "Cathlapottle": How Chinookans made (and said) names on the land

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Native Americans In Cinema
September 14, 2014

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March 29, 2008 - Meriwether Lewis Enactment

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October 2007 - BirdFest Events

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October 14, 2006 - BirdFest Events

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November 5, 2005 - Cathlapotle Event

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October 16, 2005 - BirdFest Lecture

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June 26, 2005 - Plankhouse Lecture Series

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May 22, 2005 - Plankhouse Lecture Series

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March 29, 2005 - Cathlapotle Media Event and Public Open House

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Cathlapotle Plankhouse Fact Sheet

Plankhouse: Modern full-size replica of a typical Chinookan-style cedar plankhouse like those occupied by Native Americans at Cathlapotle and other towns along the lower Columbia River for thousands of years.

Cathlapotle: (pronounced kath-lah-poh-tul) Chinookan town located near the confluence of Lake River, Lewis River and the Columbia River that was observed by explorers Lewis and Clark on November 5, 1805 and visited by them on March 29, 1806. Lewis and Clark reported 14 houses and estimated the population at 900 people.

Location: Carty Unit, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge -one mile north of downtown Ridgefield, Washington, on North Main Avenue.

Purpose: Serve as an outdoor classroom for interpreting the refuge's rich natural and cultural heritage.

Size: 37 feet X 78 feet - 2,886 square feet; Center ridgepole is 21 feet above floor level.

Number of Logs: At least 246 logs from 115 western red-cedar trees, many donated by location residents and the Gifford Pinchot and Mount Hood national forests, were used in construction.

Carvings: Designed by Tony Johnson (Chinook Tribe); Carved by Johnson and Adam MacIssac (La Center, Washington)

Project Timeframe: Began with first grants and donations in 2002; Completion expected in 2006.

Number of Volunteers: 100+

Volunteer Hours: 3,500 to date.

Number of Donors: 50+

Total Value of Donations: Approximately $575,000

Partners: The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee of Vancouver/Clark County has provided fiscal sponsorship. The Chinook Tribe and Portland State University have provided cultural authenticity and technical expertise.

Major Donors: National Park Service, Meyer Memorial Trust, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, Gladys Hare, U.S.D,A. Forest Service, Washington Department of Transportation. Washington State Historical Society, City of Vancouver, Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Edward and Dollie Lynce, Jerry and Jan Beale, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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