Thursday, October 23, 2008

Primitive Fishing and Net-Making Demonstrations at the Custom House

Chestertown, MD — The Center for Environment & Society (CES) at Washington College and Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc., present "Native American Net-Making and Other Prehistoric Fishing Technologies" by Dr. Bill Schindler on Saturday, November 1, at 1:00 p.m. at the Custom House.

Dr. Schindler is assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology at Washington College.

The migratory fish resource was very important to the prehistoric inhabitants of the Chesapeake Estuary. Accordingly, they developed a number of technologies to successfully procure them. Many of these technologies will be displayed and demonstrated including: primitive fibers and net-making techniques, bottle gourd floats, stone net sinkers, fish poisons, bone fish hook manufacture, and fishing weir.

The Custom House is located at 101 S. Water Street. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 410-810-7161.

The Center for Environment & Society works to instill a conservation ethic by connecting people to the land and water. It supports interdisciplinary research and education, exemplary stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and the integration of ecological and social values. The Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports the missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Eastern Neck NWR through financial, advocacy, and volunteer support. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, or call 410-639-7056.

October 23, 2008

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