Liliaceae Camassia sp.


Sanpoil and Nespelem - Food, Unspecified

Use documented by:
Ray, Verne F., 1932, The Sanpoil and Nespelem: Salishan Peoples of Northeastern Washington, University of Washington Publications in Anthropology, Vol. 5, page 99

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Scientific name: Camassia sp.
Common names: Camas
Family: Liliaceae
Family (APG): Nartheciaceae
Native American Tribe: Sanpoil and Nespelem
Use category: Food
Use sub-category: Unspecified
Notes: Steamed or raw roots used for food. A cooking basket was filled half full of water and hot rocks added to boil the water. Then small sticks were placed criss-cross in the basket above the surface of the water to hold the roots. After the roots had been added the basket was covered with a flat rock or piece of cedar plank to keep the steam from escaping.

RECRD: 40003 id: 7913