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About shichils

Just sharing some fun on language

Bracken Fern

Whenever they lived near the mouth of the river, in the bay, they had lots of food.      They had dried salmon,  and likewise (dried) fern roots, which they ate during the winter.              They … Continue reading

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Washington document for ethnobotany reference

Washington State Dept. of Transportation has compiled a document on ethnobotany. Since many of the plants and cultural uses are similar to that of western Oregon, I thought I’d include a link here for any one interested.

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Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is a native tree of the far west, and a member of the Heath (Ericaceae) family. Like many of its cousins, the manzanitas (genus Arctostaphylos) one of its notable characteristics is that it sheds its bark. It … Continue reading

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Ancient wapato garden

This is an interesting article in the Vancouver Sun, about an ancient wapato garden in British Columbia.  Along with works like Kat Anderson’s “Tending the Wild” and Deur and Turner (eds) “Keeping it Living”, this is more evidence for indigenous … Continue reading

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Kalapuyan seasonal rounds

My friend & Grand Ronde scholar David Lewis has an interesting post up on the seasonal rounds of Kalapuyan peoples:

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Elk Clover

A plant known as ‘elk clover’ (a funny name as the leaves look nothing like clover, but perhaps it got the name from the general shape of its flowers) or ‘California spikenard’ is a forb found in shady forests near … Continue reading

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Pineapple weed

Image of pineapple weed above from Pineapple weed is commonly found in ‘weedy’ places in North America – in parking lots, well trod paths, and similar places.  It is part of the Aster family & its scientific name is Matricaria … Continue reading

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