The Ancient Fishweir Project combines public art, educational programs, and community events in celebration with the contemporary Native American community. 

3,700 to 5,300 years ago, near what is now Boston Common, fishweirs were built along the tidal flats to catch fish during the spring spawn.

The Fishweir Project's annual building of a fishweir on Boston Common brings this ancient activity into the current imagination, expanding the time frame of history told in Boston, and honoring the people who lived in the place we now call Boston.

We are now planning activites for the 13th annual fishweir installation and celebration to be held on Boston Common in May and June, 2016. Please check back for details.

On Monday June 6, 2016
there will be special events for Making History Day including participatory dance and music performances by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers. - sponsored by the Friends of the Public Garden 


Annawon Weedon and Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers talk with students at the fishweir.

link to TEDx talk    in the place we now call boston
story of the development of the fishweir project

map the Location