Wappo Indians of Napa County

Plants used by the Wappos

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Plant Name

Wappo Name (pronunciation)

Use

California Black Oak

Khothi so (ka ho'th sho)

Nuts were ground to be made into mush, soup, or bread

Hazelnut

Miti sohol (me te show'ho)

Nuts were eaten, shoots were used in baskets

Madrone

Napayoko (na pa yo'ko)

Berries were eaten

Sedge

Chate (cha'tey)

Used for baskets

Pacific Rush

unknown

Used to string beads in necklaces

Poison Oak

Kicu ma (kee'see mah)

Leaves were used to dye baskets

Cat Tail

unknown

Eaten

Sandbar Willow

Chupe pote (chew pey po'te)

Used to make tea, medicine, and baskets

Toyon

Unu ciwa hoe (oo noo tsaw'wa hoe)

Eaten

Angelica

Flower-Ciwhel (tsee'whel) Root- Kupis (coo'pis)

Used as food, medicine, and in ceremonies

California Bay

Cuse (chu'shey)

Used as medicine and food

Soap Root

Eu kali (ew kal'e)

Used as soap, to catch fish, and eaten

Manzanita

Cano (cha'no)

Berries were eaten, used as medicine, wood used to make fishhooks

Yerba Santa

unknown

Used as medicine

Bulbs

Hol a we (hol'ah way)

Eaten

Blue Elderberry

Kate ( kah'tey)

Berries were eaten, wood was used to make rattles

Indian Hemp

unknown

Used to make string for nets and belts

Buckeye

Sumoto (shu mow'tow)

Nuts were leached and made into flour

Redbud

Phopiel (poe pie'el)

Made into baskets

Wild Tobacco

Luce ( lew'shay)

Smoked in ceremonies

Ghost Pine

Nayo (nigh'yo)

Nuts were roasted and eaten, roots used in baskets.


Look at baskets made by the Wappos on the Basket Page! Look at a necklace made with beads strung on plant fibers on the Jewelry Page!

Try this: Look for the plants listed above around your neighborhood. Find a tree that might have been here when the Wappos lived in the area. How can you tell the age of a tree?

Internet connection: Find ways that plants are used today in medicine and crafts.

Visit: The Native American Gardens at Boothe-Napa Valley State Park in Calistoga or Donaldson Way School's Wappo Garden in American Canyon.

 


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