Wappo Indians of Napa County

Animals They Hunted

The Wappos ate the foods that were around them. They hunted deer, bears, and squirrels. They collected and crushed acorns to make a mush. They caught fish with their hands.

This chart lists the names of the animals, insects, birds, and fishes that were eaten by the Wappos along with the wappo word.

 

Food

Wappo Name

abalone

hile

clam

pitsi

crab

mena-tea'mata

mussel

gujic

lamprey eel

cot

turtle

mitce

salmon

melkawa

trout

homem

geese

lok

duck

k'aiya

blue jay

ts'ai

pigeon

opel

quail

pipi

woodpecker

palite

yellowhammer

ts'ui

crane

k'ek

deer

kecu

grizzly

tsita

fox

euwi'ima

wildcat

pa'mala

raccoon

tika

rabbit

yenic

gray squirrel

hot

mice

solko

gopher

pep

grasshopper

tsi

caterpillar

li

snail

hutu


Try this: What animals still live in Napa Valley? Name all the wild animals that you have seen. Contact the California Department of Fish and Game for information on local animals.

Internet connection: Research the animals listed above. What are their diets, habits, and homes? What about Napa Valley's climate and geography makes it possible for the animals to survive here?

Visit: The Boothe-Napa Valley State Park just south of Calistoga and go on a nature walk.


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