Why Foragers Choose Acorns Before Salmon: Modeling Back-loaded Resources vs. Front-Loaded Resources
Bettinger, Robert L.
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Salmon and acorns were the most important terrestrial foods in the diet of contact period groups in northwestern California. Throughout the ethnography salmon is said to be the primary staple, while acorns come in a close second. Salmon are traditionally viewed as a low cost (high ranking) resource, while acorns are viewed as a high cost (low ranking) food. If correct, why are salmon not taken and stored en masse earlier?