American Indian Seasonal Round
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 43° 17.641 W 118° 58.450
11T E 339856 N 4795358
This history sign is located on Ore. Hwy. 205 at the junction with Double O Road.
Waymark Code: WMAVKA
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 02/27/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 3

This is one of three history signs at this locations.
Marker Name: American Indian Seasonal Round
Marker Text: American Indians have occupied portions of the northern Great Basin for over 10,000 years. The region’s earliest inhabitants lived in caves and camps along the shores of glacial lakes and marshes. This area was the homeland of the Wada-tika (wada seed eaters), a band of the Northern Paiute Indians. They often camped near this site between Malheur and Harney lakes called “The Narrows,” and collected seeds from the seepweed (Suaeda sp.) or “wada” plant growing along the shoreline. Like their ancestors, the band still uses this region in a “seasonal round” -- harvesting different resources at various locations throughout the year.

Hunting, fishing, and the gathering of roots, seeds and berries dictated cycles of travel, harvest, and food preservation for this region’s original residents. In spring they moved from the camas meadows in the valleys to gather bitterroot and biscuitroot in the foothills. Local lakes and marshes provided a constant supply of waterfowl, while the Malheur River and its tributaries provided salmon and other fish. They continued up to the high country to hunt and pick berries. By late fall they returned to the valleys to prepare for winter.

Historic Topic: Native American

Group Responsible for placement: State of Oregon

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Eastern Oregon

County: Harney

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": [Web Link]

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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