Acorns

 

Acorns were a significant part of the Miwok diet year round. This food source is one of the foods the Miwok continued to process and eat. As modern conveniences replaced the aboriginal ways of life, the Miwok also adapted these modern conveniences to processing and eating acorns. Baskets were replaced by pots and the acorn was cooked on a stove rather than with rocks. Many Miwok informants witnessed processing and eating acorns as part of their childhood experience.

The following accounts were gathered in 2021, funded through a grant from the First Nations Development Institute:

 

Informants Describing the Acorn Process

 

Dennis Hendricks talks about gathering acorns

Glen Villa Sr. talks about the acorns his grandma (Lucy Villa) used

Dennis Hendricks talks about storing acorns

Dennis Hendricks talks about cracking and winnowing acorns

Dennis Hendricks talks about drying acorns

Dennis Hendricks talks about grinding acorns

Dennis Hendricks talks about leaching acorns

Dennis Hendricks talks about leaching table for acorns

Glen Villa Sr. talks about his grandma (Lucy Villa) processing acorn

Dennis Hendricks talks about cooking acorn

Dolly Suehead talks about her grandma (Ida Starkey) and mother (Dearstine Starkey) making acorn

 

Jennifer Bates Cooking Acorn Soup (Nupa)

 

Jennifer Bates talks about the cooking tools

Jennifer Bates talks about the hot rock desired for cooking

Jennifer Bates cooking the nupa to a boil

Jennifer Bates talks about cooking acorn chips