The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Broadleaf Cattail • Káhkáhaskwar (kaw-kaw-has-quar)
Nearly every Native community in North America has used the cattail as food, medicine, or raw material for baskets and mats. The cattail contains ten times the amount of starch as potatoes--an important source of energy.
The Micmac and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), among many other tribes, made cordage or thick ropes, from twisted strands of cattail leaves. The cordage was used to make strong, weatherproof mats for house or floor coverings, as well as toys, dolls, and duck ,decoys.
Did you know that the "fluff" on a cattail is really its seeds? The soft fluff was often used by Native peoples to pad moccasins, bedding, and baby cradleboards.
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.306′ N, 77° 0.955′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Jefferson Drive Southwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bald Cypress • Ártu (ar-too) (here, next to this marker); Wetlands (a few steps from this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? George Rivera (a few steps from this marker); Wingapo (within shouting distance of this marker); Witchhazel • Suhwe?t (suh-whet) (within shouting distance of this marker); Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam) (within shouting distance of this marker); Can you find symbols for the sun, (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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