Work begins on Caddo Mounds grass house

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We recently l brought you a story about a Caddo grass house project at Caddo Mounds, west of Alto.
 
Work began on the structure this morning.
 
Volunteers braved the heat and collected the materials needed to make the frame of the structure.
 
They brought the saplings back to the grounds and began stripping the bark and in about a months time a grass house, like the ones that scattered the land in the 1700’s when European explorers arrived in East Texas, will be there for all to see.
 
“I learned how to make these houses many years ago from Caddo elders,” said Phil Cross, a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. “I am believed to be the last living Caddo that knows how to do a grass thatched house the way Caddo do them.”
 
After completion, it will be filled with artifacts that could be commonly found in those houses long ago.

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