11 02 2007

In 2005 my dad, David Bagley, founded ISSOPWSWCP … or the, “International Secret Society Of People Who Sleep With Cattail Pillows”. What is a cattail you may ask? Well, it’s a type of plant. A plant that grows a large compact mass of fluffy seeds once a year. These fluffy seeds are so soft they rival waterfowl down and kapok for softness. My dad discovered a large cattail marsh by our house two years ago and made the secret society’s first member a pillow.

My dad wasn’t the first person to use cattails for pillows. The indians, early settlers and pioneers, the navy during World War ll have all found many practical uses for “cattail down”.

Last year in Nov. and Dec. I was able to tag along with my dad and film some of the fun as he and other members of the society harvested cattail heads for making pillows.

This is a 13 minute mini-documentary of what we discovered and learned along the way.



5 responses

3 05 2007

I want to say thank you so much for sharing this information with us. I saw your message in the Tulsa Kids magazine and wanted to check it out. As a child my mother would always pull off the side of the road when she saw cattails because she liked to make flower arrangements with them. My brothers and I loved playing with them because they are so soft. I now have 2 kids and we are always looking for something different to do to get out of the house….we will definately check out the Cattail Marshes. Thank you!

15 05 2008
John Henery Numan

wow, great video thanks for posting this. ive been obsessed with cattails since i was born. i think they are amasing. they are so soft and tastey (yes i have tried eating them, and so should you. they are a little dry but with a big glass of milk anything will go down). my pillow and bed are stuffed with them, i even got my cars seats stuffed with them. you may think i’m crasy but i think you are crasy not to do what i do with cattails

15 05 2008
John Henery Numan

ps i was listening to this band called liferuiner and i noticed in there song “you call me father i call you dead” its really about cattails

9 06 2008
Sam Ashfortt

i would like to say that the comment above is spam, none of it is true. Liferuiner does not sing about cattails, they are singing about there father beating them. if you are going to post a comment, GET IT RIGHT!

26 07 2008

I just have one word to say, “inspired”! Shhh,,,,don’t tell anyone, but I plan to join the secret society. . . . Thank you.

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