River Cane: A Cultural Resource and Environmental Haven

Two-image collage featuring a photograph of green plant fiber wrapped around a person’s right index finger pulled by their left hand while clutching a pocketknife and another of woven baskets, two with beige and maroon designs woven into the tan weaves.8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2024
West Fork of the White River
Registration: $45 (limited to 30 participants)

Learn first-hand about the cultural history of river cane and how indigenous people depended on them for food, shelter, and hunting and what wildlife lives in cane breaks in the Arkansas Ozarks. Weavers, including with the Cherokee Nation, discuss how river cane is used in textiles, while members of the Cherokee Nation teach participants basket weaving techniques and traditions with each person creating their own river cane mat.

Registration will open soon.

The event is in partnership with the Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Sandi Formica, project director; United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma; Shawna Cane, Cherokee Nation; Keetoowah Weavers; Theo Witsell, botanist and ecologist; School of Art, University of Arkansas; Beaver Water District.