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Asterisks mean I recommend (*) or highly recommend (**) the book.



Benoliel, Doug. 2011. Northwest foraging. Skipstone, Seattle, WA.

Chesnut, V. K. 1902. Plants used by the Indians of Mendocino County, California. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

**Clark, Charlotte B. 1977. Edible and useful plants of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Domico, Terry. 1979. Wild harvest: edible plants of the Pacific Northwest. Hancock House Publishers Ltd., Blaine, WA.

Erichsen-Brown, Charlotte. 1979. Uses of plants for the past 500 years. Breezy Creeks Press, Aurora, Ont. Canada.

Foster, Steven and Christopher Hobbs. 2002. A field guide to Western medicinal plants and herbs. Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY.

Goodrich, J., Lawson, C., and Lawson, V. P. 1980. Kashaya Pomo plants. American Indian Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

*Kirk, Donald R. 1975. Wild edible plants of Western North America. Naturegraph Publishers, Inc., Happy Camp, CA. (good but broad range)

Jepson, W. L. 1993 (also 2013 edition). A manual of the flowering plants of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. (Plant ID only; no uses info)

Mead, George R. 1972. The ethnobotany of the California Indians: a compendium of plants, their users, and their uses. Museum of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.

Parker, J.F. and Ortiz, B.R. 1991. It will live forever: traditional Yosemite Indian acorn preparation. Heyday Books, Berkeley, CA.

*Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon. 1994. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Lone Pine Publishing, Auburn, WA. (very good but doesn’t include CA range maps, though many CA spp. are represented)

Peattie, D. C. 1950. A natural history of western trees. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston MA.

**Moore, M. 1993. Medicinal plants of the Pacific West. Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, NM.

**Sibley, David A. The Sibley guide to trees. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, NY. (Tree ID only; no uses info)

Strike, S. S. 1994. Ethnobotany of the California Indians; Vol. 2. Aboriginal uses of California’s indiginous plants. Koeltz Scientific Books USA, Champaign, IL.

Tilford, Gregory L. 1997. Edible and medicinal plants of the West. Mountain Press, Missoula, MT.



**Arora, David. 1986. Mushrooms demystified. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.

**Arora, David. 1991. All that the rain promises and more…. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA.



Bodenheimer, F. S. 1951. Insects as human food, a chapter of the ecology of man. Dr. W. Junk, Publishers, The Hague.

Taylor, Ronald L. 1975. Butterflies in my stomach: insects in human nutrition.Woodbridge Press Publishing Company, Santa Barbara, CA.



**Campbell, Paul D. 1999. Survival skills of Native California. Gibbs Smith, Layton, UT.

**McPherson, John, and Geri McPherson. 2008. Ultimate guide to wilderness living: surviving with nothing but your bare hands and what you find in the woods. Ulysses Press, Berkeley, CA.

**Waldorf, D. C. 1984. The art of flintknapping: third edition. Mound Builder Arts and Trading Co., Branson, MO. (shorter intro to knapping)

**Wescott, David (ed.). 2001. Primitive technology: a book of earth skills. Gibbs Smith, Layton UT.

**Wescott, David (ed.). 1999. Primitive technology II: ancestral skills. Gibbs Smith, Layton UT.

**Whittaker, John C. 1994. Flintknapping: making and understanding stone tools. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. (longer, more detailed)



**Anderson, M. K. 2005. Tending the wild: Native American knowledge and management of California’s natural resources. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Blackburn, Thomas C. and Kat Anderson (eds.). 1993. Before the wilderness: environmental management by Native Californians. Ballena Press, Menlo Park, CA.

*Catlin, G. 1973. Letters and notes on the manners, customs, and conditions of North American Indians. Dover Publications, Inc. New York, NY.

*Heizer, Robert F. and Albert B. Elsasser. 1980. The natural world of the California Indians. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Jacknis, Ira J (ed.). 2004. Food in California Indian culture. Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.

Lightfoot, K. G. and O. Parrish. 2009. California Indians and their environment. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

*Kavasch, E. Barrie. 1998. Native harvests: American Indian wild foods and recipes. Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, NY.

Margolin, Malcolm. 1978. The Ohlone way: Indian life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area. Heyday Books, Berkeley, CA.

Powers, S. 1877. Tribes of California. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

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