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As part of the community education and outreach element of its grant from the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Environmental Department conducted a workshop focusing on the traditional uses of dogbane. PPN Environmental staff as well as Pinoleville youth and Pinoleville Native American Head Start staff attended the event.
The session began with instruction from Nathan Rich, who had attendees visit one of Pinoleville’s bioswales to learn where dogbane grows and how to identify and harvest it. Following that, Xavier Knight taught participants the process of preparing the dogbane for ‘cordage’ through a traditional process known as ‘finger twining.’
As part of the event, participants were given a minizine on dogbane that explains where it can be found, how to prepare it for cordage as well as the process of finger twining. The dogbane minizine can be accessed here.