Images of thatching day in ethnobotany
Nayme laying down a very steady stitch
This term I parked out back in the morning which meant the thatch could be transfered from the delivering truck to my car upon delivery.
We lost use of the gym to an FSM finance conference this year. Lacking access to the forest, I asked maintenance for nails.
Garvin found some scrap bamboo, his preferred needle
Nukuoro-Kapingan hut uses coconut fronds, woven, which weathered the recent tropical disturbance very well.
Darnick and Faustino Jr. used the benches under the Terminalia tree. This was our first term to use this area. Rain had been falling on and off all day. Right up until 3:30 it was unclear whether an outdoor thatching exercise was possible.
Ray and Mayson
Jill, showing skill in her thatch work
Jedidiah removed the back of the midrib, the "nohk", for Jill's weaving effort. Working as a pair is the usual approach to thatch production.
Nayme and Jill chose to sit in the parking lot.
Nayme produced arguably the most consistent weave
Thatching is another skill that is being lost
Garvin working in the NuKap hut
Cody, demonstrating skill at an activity that is, in his culture, traditionally practiced by the female members of the community
Annielisa and Ashlyn moved to one of the picnic benches
Regular spacing on the weave is a sign of skill