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cattail mat for a canoe
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • cattail mat for a canoe, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • cattail, plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 55 x 42 cm
    Object Length/Width: 21 5/8 x 16 1/2 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2165

The small rectangular mat was made of stems of cattails placed parallel to each other, the length dictating the short side of the rectangle. They are held together with twisted plant fiber cords, which are hidden from view, except at the ends where they are tied together.

The small mat was used as a seat in a canoe.