Audio / Video

Beautiful tree-chishkale-tan oak


This documentary demonstrates how to harvest, grind, leach, prepare, and cook acorns to make acorn bread. Filmed at the Kashia Community near Stewart's Point, California in 1963. Shows how the acorn from the tan oak, called Chishkale by the Southwestern Pomo, influenced the total way of life of Central California Indians. Points out that the discovery of a technique to remove poisonous tannic acid by leaching the ground meal made it possible for an entire food economy to be based upon the acorn. Reconstructs from oral traditions and memories of present-day Indians the cooking methods and processing techniques used in making acorn bread.



Beautiful tree-chishkale-tan oak


Kroeber, A. L. 1876-1960. (Alfred Louis),

Barrett, S. A. 1879-1965. (Samuel Alfred),

Ostroff, A. J.


University of California, Berkeley. Department of Anthropology.

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology.


Berkeley, CA, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 2001, ©1964.

Full Collection Name

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American Indian film series

Subject (Topic)

Acorns as food.

Pomo Indians Food.


Wild plants, Edible California.

Cooking (Wild foods)

Indians of North America Food.

Indians of North America Food--California.

Indians of North America.

Glands (Aliment)

Pomo Alimentation.


Plantes sauvages comestibles Californie.




1 videodisc (23 min.)

Other Physical Details

sound, color


4 3/4 in.


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