Wappo Indians of Napa County

Clothing and Jewelry


Most of the year the Wappos did not wear clothing! When they did wear clothing, the women wore double aprons made from grasses. Men tied their long hair back.

During the winter they wore capes made from animal hides.

The Wappos did wear jewelry made from bones.

They made beads from shells they found on their journeys to the ocean,

or traded with other nearby Indian tribes.

They made necklaces from the beads strung on strings made from plant fibers.


What path did the Wappos take to get to the coast as they looked for shells? Look on the Map Page and trace the shortest route.

Try this: How easy is it to make a necklace? Find some long pieces of grass and twist the fibers until it looks like a string.

Internet connection: Research maps of the areas surrounding Napa Valley to see how hard their journey to the coast would have been.

Visit: The Napa Valley Museum in Yountville or Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga, or the Historical Society in Napa to see more jewelry.


Index -Maps -Jewelry -Baskets- Animals they Hunted

Plants they used -Legend -Houses -Language -Tools -Games