Saturday I ran into my neighbor Lisa at the Hope General Store. She is a creative high school English teacher. She want to build a Wamanaug wetu with her students, and asked me what I know about the structure. I don't know anything, but after our sweat lodge on New Year's Day, a new vision dawned.
What if we built a first, temporary Peace Chamber in the style of the Abenaki wigwams? The structure is sapling frame and bark shingles. I went to the Google Goddess and did my first research.
The Wampanaug in coastal Massachusetts built domed structures. The Abenaki in Maine more often made conical teepee shaped structures. Either would work, but the dome feels more suitable for the Peace Chamber. Ash or birch bark was often used. I have mostly ash in my woods, some birch, but I don't like to cut the mature birch unless it has died.
It feels like a good solution to create a physical place to chant while we continue fund raising and gathering the energy for a more permanent building. Lisa and I can share resources and energy on our two wigwam projects.
Here is a picture from the Plimouth Plantation website, of modern day Wampanaug men building a wetu following the ways of their ancestors: