Makah Cultural and Research Center Online Museum

Activities During Any SeasonActivities During Any Season

Toys and Miniatures
The Makah realms of childhood and adulthood merged into one another.

Games
Families owned certain games. They were forbidden tupa't for anybody but the family and relatives to play.

Makah Longhouse
The rare preservation at Ozette gives a detailed look at the houses of the past.

Basketry
In late Spring, Summer and early Fall, Makahs gather basketry materials.

Food Preparation
Food was abundant and varied—not just fish, meat, shellfish, oil, starchy roots and berries, but a multitude of relishes and side dishes.

Food Serving
Small wooden bowls held oil—and several at Ozette still smelled of oil.

Bedding
Cedarbark, cattail, and tule mats used for bedding may have been padded underneath with hides, but, if so, the hides don't remain at Ozette.

Clothing
Cedar bark softened by pounding was used for robes, capes, skirts, and aprons.

Spinning
The Makahs raised special dogs for their wool, shearing or plucking them twice a year.

Loom Weaving
Large blankets took the wool of several dogs.

Cedar Bark Look Weaving
Shredded or beaten cedar bark becomes soft and fluffy.

Trade
Many Ozette artifacts carry special importance.

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