Category Archives: Tillamook

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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Wild Gooseberries

Tillamook: tasdík’us Hanis Coos: tax’wái, dɪlxáxa Upper Coquille: naltan Gooseberries and currants all belong to the genus Ribes. As a general rule, the difference between currants and gooseberries is that currant bushes tend to not be thorny, but gooseberry bushes … 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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Red Elderberries

Red elderberries, Sambucus racemosa, is one of several elderberry species in North America (other species having blue or black berries) and are in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae. Hanis Coos: mahá’wai Milluk Coos: txai Upper Coquille: ránsæ Tillamook: húkitu=the berries; húkitáwi=the bush … 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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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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Redwoods, the great trees of California – and southernmost Oregon

Redwoods (Sequioia sempervirens) are the giant, magnificent conifers that grow from the Santa Cruz mountains north to the Chetco River in the extreme southwestern corner of Oregon.  Throughout much of their range, Native peoples used their wood to build houses … Continue reading

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