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									        The Yokut Tribe of the San
             Joaquin Valley

3rd Grade Social Studies Lesson
By Mrs. Bramer
            Map
The Yokuts lived in the
San Joaquin Valley of
California.
Some of the Yokuts
lived in the foothills of
the Sierra Nevada
Mountains.
They used the
resources around them
for their food and
homes.
    Acorns

The Yokuts got
their main food
source from oak
trees.
They harvested the
acorns from the
oak trees and
ground them into
meal.
Acorn Meal


      Acorns were
      pounded and ground
      into meal and made
      into a dried cake or
      cooked into a mush.
Plant Foods


    Most of the food the
     Yokuts ate came
     from plants,
     particularly acorns,
     nuts, seeds, roots,
     and berries.
Yokut Hunters

      Yokuts fished the
      rivers and lakes of
      the San Joaquin
      Valley all year long,
      and hunted deer,
      rabbit, raccoons
      and other game in
      the marshes and
      grass lands.
              Yokut Homes

The Yokuts built
their homes from
tule reeds that
they gathered
along the San
Joaquin River.
Yokut Homes

         They made the
         frames from
         tree saplings and
         tied woven tule
         mats to the
         outside.
         The houses
         looked like
         upside-down
         baskets.
                Tule Boats



They also used tule
to make small boats
to travel along the
river.
             Yokut Baskets


The Yokuts made
baskets from many
different plant
materials.
The baskets had
many different
uses.
             Burden Baskets
These sturdy
baskets were used
by the Yokut
women to gather
acorns in the late
summer and fall.
These baskets
could hold up to
150 pounds of
acorns.
Cooking Baskets
       Yokut women used
       these baskets for
       cooking acorn meal.
       The acorn meal and
       water would be mixed
       together and rocks
       from a fire would be
       dropped into the
       mixture thus cooking
       the acorn meal. The
       stitching in these
       baskets was tight
       enough to keep the
       water in the baskets.
Cradle Baskets
       These were the
       baskets the Yokut
       Indians carried their
       babies in. The designs
       on the back of the
       cradleboard signified
       the baby's gender.
       Slanted lines denoted
       a boy while diamonds
       denoted a girl.
Yokut Life


     The Yokuts lived
     off of the land by
     using the resources
     around them.

								
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