Acorn mush at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The 40th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2006 contained a section on Native American basketry. One group from California demonstrated preparing acorn mush in an antique basket. Acorn mush is made from black acorn flour and water. Soapstones were heated and transfered by two poles acting as tongs. After being quickly dumped in water to clean off the ash, the rock was lowered into the acorn mixture and constantly moved on the stick stirrers so not to burn the basket. A new rock replaced the old until the mixture thickened.

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