Life of the California Coast Nations by Molly Aloian and Bobbie Kalman, Crabtree Publishing Company, New York, 2005.
This is a brief introduction to the coastal native American groups of California. It included some very interesting illustrations of native homes. This also included illustration of a ramada and a sweatlodge. The It showed the construction of a tumol, ocean going canoe built by the Chumash and Gabrielino/Tongva people. Other water vessels included crude rafts, and balsa boats make form tule reeds.
I learned more about the process of leaching which was used to make acorns less bitter. I have often wondered why you can’t just pick up an acorn to eat it. However it has lots of tannin which needs to be leached out wo make it palatable.
I also found the illustrations of musical instruments interesting. There was a rattle, which was very distinctive and also a clapper stick. Both instruments are rhythmic.
It also showed some modern art work. Native American basketry and artwork are superb.