Acorn mush at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The 40th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2006
contained a section on Native American basketry. One demonstration included preparing acorn mush in an antique basket. Acorn mush is made from black acorn flour and water in a cooking basket. Soapstones are heated and transfered by two poles acting as tongs. After being quickly dumped in water to clean off the ash, the rock is dropped in the acorn mixture and constantly being moved on the stick stirrers so not to burn the basket. A new rock replaces the old until the mixture thickens.
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©2006 Patricia Bixler Reber