Entrance to the plankhouse, the volunteer/ranger stopped us before entering and told us how to properly enter the house. You enter backwards, to show respect to the members of the house and to indicate that you do not have any hostility (weapons) towards them.
Drying grass reeds and carving at the far end of the house.
These particular reeds were mainly used to make sleeping mats.
The house is made from cedar, a very rot resistant wood. The sun was sneaking in through the vents in the roof, the smoke from the fire pits naturally drafted up and out b/c of the cracks in the house. They purposely did not seal up the houses for this reason.
The boys spent a lot of time at this bench talking to the volunteers. They learned a lot about what everything was used for. We spent a lot of time in the Plankhouse letting them ask questions.