Tule Marsh Virtual Tour

If you are pressed for time, or just want to revisit the content, this page allows you to view the text and images available on the interpretive panels in the Tule Marsh room.

Boatmen of the Great Basin

Some designs are so elegant and efficient that they're discovered by people all over the world. The Paiute tule boat before you was designed and built here in the Great Basin, but its shape and construction are similar to reed boats that have been used for thousands of years in Egypt, Peru, and Greece. To build this boat the Indians tied tule reeds, a species of bulrush, into long bundles that are then joined to give the boat its shape. The Indians in present-day Nevada, California, and Oregon used boats like this for transportation, fishing and hunting ducks.