Category Archives: Alsea

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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Indigenous wine

A little over a year ago I wrote that the Coos people made a mildly alcoholic beverage called lə’əl by soaking dried blackberries in water and letting that ferment.  At that time it was the only reference I had found … Continue reading

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Black Huckleberries

Chinook Jargon: shot ‘úlalɪ Tillamook: sdzadzách’ Alsea: ɫkáq’a Siuslaw: táxxai, ch’eixan Hanis Coos: q’áxas (black); pasásɪya’wa (blue colored berries) Milluk Coos: q’as Upper Coquille: dashtl’æchuh The coastal black huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, were (and are) a popular food for Oregon coast … Continue reading

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Blackberries

Tillamook: berry kɪ nux; vines kɪnnúwɪx Alsea: ɫa’qat Siuslaw/Lower Umpqua:  ts’xát’aat’ Hanis Coos: berry wixaini, vines yaxdaná’aɫ  Milluk:  dzudzua Upper Coquille: daddzænnæs The native trailing blackberry is a tasty berry, ripe in July.  People seek them out today to make delicious pies … Continue reading

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Wild Blueberries

Native words for bog blueberries: Tillamook:   slílíq’ɫan Alsea:    qon Hanis & Milluk Coos: q’ani Along Oregon’s coast, there are several species in the ‘huckleberry’ genus of Vaccinum.  The two most prominent along the coast are the evergreen huckleberry … Continue reading

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Salmonberry

We found a few early blooming salmonberries last month on Bolon Island (near Reedsport).  Spring time was when Native women would go out and collect the new growth, the young green sprouts of Salmon berry (Rubus spectabilis) as well as … Continue reading

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Tobacco on the Oregon coast

Tobacco was, and is, one of the most widespread of the traditional crops and medicines in the Americas grown and used by Native people. Tobacco is an interesting plant – or rather, an entire tribe of 95 species of plants … Continue reading

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