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Ahwahnee Village


Plant Use

Miwok elders tell us that by the early 1900s most Miwok people no longer lived the old lifestyle and used fewer native plants. By then, Miwok people were employed by non-Indians and brought supplies at local stores instead of only gathering natural food and herbal medicines.

Today, some Indian people continue to use herbal medicines, and prepare native foods (such as acorn mush) for family gatherings and celebrations. A few people occasionally gather plants for food, baskets, and other uses.

Few tribal elders know how to gather and use all of the native plants, but since the 1970s, a small number of Indian and non-Indian people have been attempting to re-learn these ancient skills.



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