Category Archives: Lower Umpqua

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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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

The carrot family (Apiaceae) has many plants useful to humans, such as carrots, parsley, fennel, and dill.  It also happens to contain some poisonous plants.  A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, if it leads a person to confuse a … Continue reading

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Shore Lupine

The shore lupine, Lupinus littoralis, is in the pea family and is a common purple flowered plant that grows along the Oregon coast dunes. Hanis: ha’údɪt Milluk: ha’wadɪt Siuslaw: k’á’asa (Lower Umpqua), q’axc’ (Siuslaw) This plant was eaten by many coastal … 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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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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Fireweed

I woke up Saturday to the worst spasms of my lower back muscles I think I have ever had. I’m still working out the soreness. I’ve tried all sorts of different things to get rid of the pain, and if … Continue reading

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Moss

On the wet side of the mountains in the PNW, mosses are ubiquitous.  Brownish crusty ones on stone and brick, green fuzz on roofs, soft fuzzy mosses on trees.  They are numerous and small, and often overlooked. Mosses belong to … Continue reading

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Skunk cabbage – weird and wonderful

Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) is a very weird, strangely beautiful plant. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some people find skunk cabbage repellent. I think it is so bizarre, so unlike anything else that … Continue reading

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