March 23

Yurok Indians traditional foods and cooking

If you were a Yurok Indian and if your had to hunt all day for a meal how would you feel? Personally I wouldn’t like that at all. The Yurok Indians ate mostly salmon and acorns. They hunted, fished, and gathered their food in lakes, rivers, the Pacific Ocean and in the forests and lands all around them.

 What did they eat?

The Yurok Indian’s main diet was acorns and used a mortar and grounded them. They also ate salmon a lot they dried the fish and ate it like that. Sea lions seals sturgeon and aquatic animals.

Acorns were the Yurok’s main food source.

Did the food change the season?

Yes like if some berries were in season or acorns then the children would pick them.And if the salmon were big and fat then they would kill them.

Who made the food?

The whole family did.The men of the family were fishermen and would fish almost all day. The children would pick berries and acorns for the den.While everyone was collecting foods or berries and acorns the women would make the food.

How did they cook the food?

They would dried the seaweed and made black cakes. They put acorns in a mortar and ground them to acorn mush. They used sun and dried the salmon.

How did the collect the food?

When a dead whale washed up along shore and got the meat of the whale and prized that meat. They used snares and harpoons for fish hunting. They put berries in baskets for later use.Now you know what the Yurok Indians ate and hunted. So next time you eat a subway or fish taco wonder?What big case of drama it took to get that taco or burger.