Tongva elder Craig Torres led a Tule workshop at an Idyllwild Summer Arts Workshop in 2015. The students made small mats out of this beautiful native plant.

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The students wove a relatively small mat, but traditionally  tule mats were used as sleeping mats, and were considerably larger. Houses also were constructed of tule. In the Luiseño language they are called Pivéesatal kíicha, made of freshly gathered tule stems and folded over frames made of willow.

Here’s a link to a recent article on Tule on the KCET website, Tules: Weaving Baskets, Boats, Decoys, and Houses, by Paige Bardolph, featuring Chia Cafe Collective member, Tima Lotah Link, and her photo of gathered tule hanging out the back of her pick-up truck.

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