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.
Gill Solomon, Sachem, Massachuset Tribe
talks about fishweir and cultural history
TEDxBeaconStreet - Ross Miller
In the place we now call Boston - Story of the fishweir project
Our Annual Fishweir Installation
This year, we will celebrate the 16th annual Fishweir installation on Boston Common during May and June, 2019.
On May 7th, 2019, fishweir construction will be completed by students from two classes at Boston's Josiah Quincy Public School. The 150-foot-long fishweir is made with wood collected from Franklin Park, with assistance from the Boston Park Department.
On June 3rd, schools celebrating Making History Day will engage at the fishweir in participatory dance and music performances by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, sponsored by the Friends of the Public Garden.
We look forward to continuing to raise awareness of the early history of the people who made their home in this area over 200 generations before the arrival of European colonists through Fishweir activities on Boston Common, curriculum projects, and public educational outreach.