There were lots of really neat petroglyphs. This one was meant to depict a bear, with a hole to put food for the bear in. Ideally the bear would eat this food and then not come over to and steal it from their campfires. We'll never know if this worked or not....
They had reconstructed a framework house for us to see.
Like 2 of my kids could have fit in this one.
There were many bedrock mortars used for grinding acorns. Backbreaking work, I am sure.
One brave volunteer got to grind an acorn for us to see.
This is what ground acorn looks like. So they ate acorn mush, fish, and any greens they could find. I am so glad I live in the 21st century!
That afternoon at our co-op meeting, the older children talked about life in Indian villages and learned how to write a topic sentence and supporting sentences from the material. The younger ones listened to a couple Indian stories and made a bear rattle.
Here are the Littles.....
This field trip really made our study on the California Indians come alive for our co-op. Next months subject? The first explorers arrive in California!