Near Oroville in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1. In autumn, Indian people filled their carrying baskets with acorns from beneath the oak trees.
2. They cracked and shelled the dried acorns. Following time-honored practices, they pounded the acorn meat into meal using bedrock mortars – holes worn into slabs of rock.
3. The acorn meal was then transferred to a shallow, sandy basin lined with leaves or grass where water was gently poured over the meal to wash out the bitter tannic acid.
4. Finally, the meal was mixed with water in large baskets to form a soup or mush and cooked by heated rocks placed into the baskets.
In good harvest years surplus acorns were traded to other Indians groups in exchange for useful goods – such as shells, skins, stone and pine nuts – that were abundant in other regions.
Erected 2011 by California State Parks.
Location. 39° 32.099′ N, 121° 27.963′ W. Marker is near Oroville, California, in Butte County. Marker can be reached from Kelly Ridge Road. Click for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bidwell Bar Bridge and Tollhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bidwell's Bar (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oroville Dam (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Mother Orange Tree of Butte County (approx. 2.6 miles away); Northern California's Oldest Citrus Tree (approx. 2.6 miles away); Long's Bar (approx. 3.2 miles away); Morris Ravine School (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oroville.
Categories. • Native Americans •
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