July, 2009

Neeswetu Roof going well!

July 29th, 2009 by Tim

Hey everyone,

Here are some pictures of the third later of bark on the neeswetu,  you can see that there is only a small gap now in the roof  now.  We hope to finish this project soon,  because we have cattail season soon,  were we gather cattails and cut them down and bring them back to Plimoth Plantation and split them on site and dry them on sit too, we do this in front of the visitors.   We do this proses  to make are cattail mat’s for our cattail mat house,  I will do some posts soon on that project, enjoy the picture’s of the neeswetu.

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Winner of the Turtle Nameing Contest!

July 22nd, 2009 by Tim

Hello everyone,

Let me first say thank you all who enter names in the contest all of your names were great.  It was very hard to pick the names but in the end I have made my selection, I have chosen The Names Wilma and Betty submitted by Deb.   The minute I read  those names I thought of the dinosaurs I thought of the flint stone’s and It made me laugh and that’s what these turtles are dinosaur’s, thank you and deb you should get an e mail from me trying to set up were to send the two free passes to Plimoth Plantation.  Thanks again this was so much fun look below at each turtle and there new names and look for them next year.

see ya!


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Todays the last day!

July 20th, 2009 by Tim

Hey everyone,

Today’s the last day to comment on turtle names so get them in I will give you till  midnight tonight so please submit those comments with the names you want to give the turtles ok.  I will be posting the winner of two free passes to Plimoth Plantation some time July 22, 2009 so look  then ok.



Turtle Contest!

July 18th, 2009 by Tim

Hey everyone,

Only two days left in our name those turtle’s contest so please get those names in.   The contest ends July 20 th at  5:oo pm.    I will pick the winner of two free passes to Plimoth Plantation on my birthday July 22 2009.  The winner’s name will be posted on the blog with the names they gave the turtles.  So if you have not submited your names you wish to give the turtles, better get going.  Take another look below at the turtles and think of names ok.

 thanks everyone


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My Tobacco Baby’s, Baby’s No More! Check Them out!

July 17th, 2009 by Tim









Hey Everyone,

The tobacco looks great doesn’t It? It’s now about a foot and half tall and producing lots of leaves for me to pick.  I have already given some tobacco away.  I gave some tabacoo to some Native visitors to the museum last week.  They were from the Navajo Nation.  They were a very nice family they seamed very grateful for the gift, they looked like they had a good time in our site too.  I have already picked a lot of  leaves and hung them in my office to dry too.  I think we will have a good crop this year.  I was down at the Mashpee Pow wow last weekend and watched fire ball game ( a medicine Game Played) and before the game the guys offered some tobacco to the ground, but they didn’t have a lot to put down,  so I am going to make sure I grow a little extra this year for the game next Year.  Thanks guys for the read I will now post some pictures of the tobacco drying in my office so you can see that too.

see ya


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Bi-Cultural pottery firing Last weekend

July 13th, 2009 by Tim

english kilm

native pottery firing

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to talk a little about our pottery firing we did this weekend at Plimoth Plantation.  This is the 2 second year we had a bi-cultural pottery firing, that is to say we had Native and English way’s  of  firing pottery on display for our visitors to see how different we fired our pottery the 17 th century.  We did this on this weekend out side our craft center and it was a great success.  I would like to say great job to Kerri and Erin of Wampanoag Program and  Kristen, Ron, Martha, Mike, and Mark of the colonial Program , you are all very talented people thank you.  This weekend was a complete success both firing went very well.   We got a great amount of pottery fired in both firings.  I was so thrilled to see our talented staff  hard at work showing visitor how we fired pottery it the 17 th century it was so impressive to see the two different way of firing pottery.  If you did not get to come to Plimoth Plantation this weekend you missed a great event .  I will post some pictures of the firing so  you can see  how we did it ok.

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Meet our Staff

July 9th, 2009 by Tim


Hello everyone,

This is Komi Wildhorse she has been with Plimoth Plantation Museum for 25 years now.   Komi is Wampanoag  is one of the best weavers I have ever seen.  Komi weaves all sorts of tradishanal bags in the home site and  one day a  week she  works is in the craft center at Plimoth Plantation.  Komi’s  bags are beautiful and everyone  wants one of her bags.  I have worked with Komi for 20 years and learned a lot from her, thanks komi.  She puts everything into every bag she makes.  Komi has many talents but weaving is her best, and bag and basket are what she is all about.  You should come to Plimoth Plantation to see her she it great.  I am going to put some pictures of her stuff below ok thanks.  I will let the pictures speak for themselves I am sure you will love them.



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From Pine log to Mashoon (boat) How we do it!

July 7th, 2009 by Tim

start of mashoon

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to show you how our mashoon (boat) project is going along.  We started this boat in the end of  May and we were going right along when we got our tree bark to work on the house that was about the first week in June  this has delay the boat project for now.  I blogged about the house project last week go back and read it if you have not.  The way we start to make a boat is by finding a nice big stright tree near a river. There are a lot of good reasons why to fined the tree bye the river like getting the finished boat to the water when you were done burning it out, they are very heavy you don’t want to carry them very far.  Once you find the tree you would use fire to burn it down, you would put clay on the tree about three feet up from the bottom of the tree so the whole tree dose not catch fire.  When the tree weekends and falls down you would burn the end of the tree off and take the bark and any branches off too.  We use fire to hollow the tree by starting a fire on the top of the round log.   We burn all of the wood off till you get to the halfway point of the log, its a little tough in the beginning because the wood falls off the round log and you will have to put it back on the log.  When we get to the halfway point that’s when we wet the sides a lot and keep them wet.  We burn it till the sides are an inch thick and the bottom is 4 to 6 inches thick I can tell how thick the bottom  by feeling the under neath of the log if its warm I will stop burning that should be good.  The bottom is heavy and acts like a natural keel and keep the boat upright.  This whole project it th 17th century would take 5 to 6 days burning 24 hours a day the whole length of the log burning at once.  This boat when its done we hope to donate to Smithsonian museum (The Museum of the American Indian) in Washington here are some more pictures of it now.  We make two of these boats a year one in the spring when we open and one in the fall.

Thanks for reading Please if you have an comment or question please click on the comment below and leave me a message OK.


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New Roof For the Neeswetu

July 2nd, 2009 by Tim

phillip working on neeswetu

Hello Readers,

He’s Phillip working on our Neeswetu (Two Fire  House) in the Wampanoag home site at Plimoth Plantation.  Phillip is on the roof of the home starting to put the next layer of tree bark (popular Bark) on.  The way we put the bark on is just like shingling the side of a building today, starting at the bottom and overlapping the bark side bye side all the way around the house and then starting the next row on top of that row it over laps the first row bye one two feet .  The bark has to be replaced every three too five years today because of acid rain and chemicals in the air today that gets on the bark and rots it faster.  In the 17th century the bark would of  lasted eight to ten years.  We use saplings to tie the bark tight to the frame, by drilling a hole in the bark and tying the out side saplings to the inside frame  this would sandwiched the bark between two frames.  The roof takes us today at the museum a few weeks to do as we slow the process down to able to show this process to as many visitor as we can.  When the roof is done its done we don’t take it a part and start over trust me it’s a lot of work .  Please come to Plimoth Plantation soon to see this as this roof  is going on fast.    Please leave a comments about my blogs I love the feed back tell me what you like and what you don’t like and I will try to have fun with your comments thanks.  I am going to post some more picture click on the more tag and you can see more pictures.

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