It Will Live Forever: Traditional Yosemite Indian Acorn Preparation

For centuries, the Yosemite Indians have been gathering acorns, drying and storing them, and pounding, winnowing, sifting, leaching, and cooking them in a highly evolved, elegant, and skillful process. It Will Live Forever looks at Julia Parker, a Kashaya Pomo woman who married into the Yosemite Miwok tribe and is still practicing this traditional art as Indian women have done for generations.

It Will Live Forever remains the only source of intimate descriptions of one of the most vital aspects of traditional California Indian life. It has sold more than 10,000 copies.


"A captivating book about traditional Yosemite Indian acorn preparation."—Natural Health

"A well-researched study that combines history and anthropology in the person of Julia Parker"—The Californians

About the Author

Beverly R. Ortiz is a park naturalist, ethnographic consultant, and close friend of Julia Parker. She is a regular contributor to the magazine News from Native California.