Technical Note No. 2: Indigenous Uses, Management, and Restoration of Oaks of the Far Western United States


The acorns produced in the oak woodlands of Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington, kept indigenous families well fed for thousands of years. In California, this plant part is found in greater quantities in archaeo- logical sites than any other edible food. Also, the use of acorns goes back in the archaeological record to 9000 B.P. This food is still relished today in different parts of the West for ceremonies, festivals, dances, and family gatherings.

Provenance: Contributed to Sipnuuk Food Security Collection by Jennifer Sowerwine, Assistant Cooperative Extention Specialist at UC Berkeley, in association with her role as PI of the USDA AFRI Food Security Grant.