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Near Oroville in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Native Food Preparation

 
 
Native Food Preparation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2014
1. Native Food Preparation Marker
Inscription.  As you rest under the shade of this oak tree, you may notice several bowl shaped depressions in the rocks. These depressions, called mortars, were created over the last 2000 years by Maidu Indians. Each mortar was created for a specific purpose, such as grinding acorns or other nuts. Acorns are readily accessible in the California foothills, they can be stored for long periods, and they have a high fat content. These factors contributed to making acorns one of the most important foods for Native Californians. Before acorns were ready to be used for food, they were collected, dried, ground up and leached with water to remove the bitter tanic acid.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans.
 
Location. 39° 37.185′ N, 121° 15.943′ W. Marker is near Oroville, California, in Butte County. Marker can be reached from Bryant Ravine Road (Forest Road 21N35Y) 1.6 miles north of Lumpkin Road when traveling north. Marker is located along the Feather Falls Trail, about 1.5 miles north of the Bryant Ravine Road Trailhead and parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oroville CA 95966, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bald Rock Dome (approx. 0.6 miles away); Forbestown Lodge No. 50 F.& A.M (approx. 6˝ miles away); Lake Madrone Cemetery (approx. 7.8 miles away); Beckwourth Trail – Berry Creek (approx. 7.9 miles away); Woodleaf Hotel (approx. 8.1 miles away); Black Bart, the PO8 (approx. 10.8 miles away); Bidwell's Bar (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oroville.
 
Also see . . .  The Maidu Tribe. The Maidu tribe were a California tribe of Native American Indians who were hunter-gatherers and fishers. The Maidu tribe inhabited the Sierra Nevada and
Native Food Preparation Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2014
2. Native Food Preparation Marker (wide view)
the adjacent valleys of northern California. A staple food of the Maidu were the acorns from the oak trees that provided an abundance of these nuts. The acorns were gathered from the Californian white, black and tan oak trees and the huckleberry oak and the bush chinquapin that grow in the northeastern mountain region. The acorns were roasted and eaten whole or ground into acorn meal which was used to make bread. (Submitted on March 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Native Food Preparation Mortar<br>(<i>located beside marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2014
3. Native Food Preparation Mortar
(located beside marker)
Feather Falls Trail Map<br>(<i>red arrow at approximate marker location</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2014
4. Feather Falls Trail Map
(red arrow at approximate marker location)
Feather Falls Trailhead<br>(<i>park here to access trail</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2014
5. Feather Falls Trailhead
(park here to access trail)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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