Klamath Woman Grinding Wokas - c. 1923


Klamath Woman Grinding Wokas - Curtis

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Wokas, the seed of a type of water lily, are an important traditional food for the Klamath people of southern Oregon. At the time of this photo, about 10,000 acres of Klamath Lake were covered with these water lilies, providing a substantial source of nutrition to the local people. There were many ways to prepare wokas. In this scene, captured by photographer Edward S. Curtis, a woman is using a traditional mealing stone to crack the roasted seeds, in preparation for separating them from their hulls. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0651
Photographer Edward S. Curtis
Location Klamath County
Subject Native Americans
Decade 1920s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 6.9 x 9.2 inches
Photographer's Number Number 3936-B