Tsnungwe Culture

The large basket is an acorn cooking basket. Preparation of acorns is a complicated process. The sa'xawh is cooked in this basket with tse:lna:t which are cooking rocks heated in a fire. Acorns were part of the daily diet. Acorns from the Tan Oak tree kinehsta:n are used to prepare sa'xawh, or acorn soup.

The importance of the acorn to Tsnungwe people can be seen in our word for an Indian person: k'iwinya'nya:n, which translates to "acorn eater."

An important place for the Tsnungwe Tribe is Ironside Moutain. This mountain has been threatened by logging activities by the United States Forest Service, Shasta-Trinity Ranger District.


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