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Ahwahnee Village


Canyon Live Oak
Quercus chrysolepis
hakaaha (Southern Miwok)
sakasa (Central Miwok)

Canyon Live Oak
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Canyon Live Oak
The acorns of the canyon live oak were prepared just as black oak acorns were. Considered to be the “second-best” acorn (most people preferred black oak acorns) available to the Miwok, some people liked to mix live oak acorns in with those of the black oak.

Today, people occasionally gather live oak acorns, generally mixing them with black oak acorns in making acorn mush.

A number of local Indian people still make acorn mush for special occasions. Few still pound acorns with stone mortars and pestles; most use electric grinders. Some cook acorn mush in a pot on a conventional stove, but most contend that the mush tastes better then boiled with hot stones.



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