Traditional Cultural Plants Project

The Traditional Cultural Plants Project, presented by Pendleton Moses

Pendleton Moses

Pendleton Moses will describe the Traditional Cultural Plant Project of the History/Archaeology Program of the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT). Pendleton is of Moses-Columbia, Nez Perce and Palus descent and is an enrolled CCT member.

Pendleton worked with the Cultural Plants Project as a college intern and is now part of the CCT staff. His interests include plants, traditional uses and native languages. He plans to return to college; meanwhile he is learning about plant identification, ecology, monitoring, and GIS mapping.

When: Sunday, October 29, from 5:00 – 6:30 at TwispWorks, 5th and Glover in Twisp.

This is our Last Last-Sunday Presentation until March. No Admission Fee-Donations Appreciated.



Bitterroot is a valuable cultural plant found in the Methow Valley

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Fire – A Native American Tool for Sculpting Canoes to Landscapes by Dale Swedberg

On September 24, 2017, Dale Swedberg of the Washington Prescribed Fire Council will present Fire – A Native American Tool for Sculpting Canoes to Landscapes. This presentation is at 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center at TwispWorks.

Native Washingtonian Dale Swedberg received his BS and MS in Wildlife Biology from WSU. As Manager of Sinlahekin Wildlife Area for 16 years, Dale came to the realization that he was responsible for managing fire dependent fish and wildlife habitat. He studied fire use by aboriginal peoples throughout the world and concluded that modern societies have become disassociated from the knowledge of fire dependent ecosystems.

Dale is a passionate advocate for restoring ecologically appropriate fire to resume its fundamental and integral part in creating and sustaining a healthy resilient ecosystem supporting a diversity of wildlife species.

Dale has provided a reading list for those who are interested. Click here for the reading list on native burning uses.

“… [E]verything we know about environmental history suggests that people have been manipulating the natural world on various scales for as long as we have a record of their passing.”

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Unceded Territories: A Brief History of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

On August 27, Anthropologist Karen Capuder, PhD, will present Unceded Territories: A Brief History of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, at the Interpretive Center from 5 to 6:30. Dr. Capuder is an Archaeologist with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation History/Archaeology Program (CCT H/A), where she conducts ethnohistorical and ethnographic research and engages in consultation with various local, state, and federal agencies.Dr. Capuder is Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) and French through her mother and Irish through her father, and her family is from Akwesasne. Prior to coming to work with CCT H/A, Dr. Capuder earned her Master of Arts Degree in American Indian Studies, with a concentration in federal Indian law, from the University of Arizona in 2006. She subsequently earned a second Master of Arts degree in 2009 and a Doctorate in 2013, both in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2009, and a Doctorate in Sociocultural Anthropology, also from the University of Washington, in 2013. Dr. Capuder’s previous work centered on collaborative anthropological research with cultural and spiritual leaders from the Nisqually and Skokomish Tribes. In her spare time, she enjoys gathering plant foods and medicines, engaging in cultural activities in the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke and in Native communities throughout the Pacific Northwest, fishing, and gardening.

On the day of the talk, there will be a botanical tour of the Methow Native Plant Garden at 3pm with George Wooten.

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July 30 – Protecting Methow Valley Archaeological Resources by Aaron Naumann

On July 30, Archaeologist Aaron Naumann will present: Protecting Methow Valley Archaeological Resources. This is a conversation about the ethical, legal and practical aspects of protecting Methow Valley archaeological resources. The event is from 5:00 to 6:30 PM at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center at TwispWorks.

Aaron Naumann is a Mi’kmaq descendant originally from Maine, who has worked closely with Native American tribes to protect cultural resources for the last 20 years. He received a BA from Beloit College in Wisconsin, a MA from Michigan State University and is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington. He has experience working for academic institutions, US Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Consulting firms, and is a Senior Archaeologist for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

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Carlton Complex Fire 3 Years Later: An Update on Wildlife & Vegetation Recovery

Learn how wildlife and vegetation are recovering from the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire from Kristina Bartowitz, Conservation Biologist with Pacific Biodiversity Institute.

Kristina Bartowitz working in the shrub-steppe

Kristina Bartowitz working in the shrub-steppe

Kristina has a MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a BS in Zoology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She studied and worked abroad on conservation science projects in Panama and Costa Rica for over a year. She has diverse expertise in conservation biology, botany, wildlife biology, ecology, statistics and GIS analysis.

The talk is on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 5:00-6:30PM at the MVIC building, 5th & Glover Streets on the TwispWorks Campus. No Admission Fee – Donations are appreciated

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