Seasonal Collection Activities

The seasonal collection activities are a carefully planned and consciously executed activity which takes into consideration the availability of a resource, in current and past harvests, and maintains a balance in relation to the labour that is required for fish collection in the major streams and rivers in the Fraser Valley.

During the spring and fall months, the collection of roots would have been the most pressing food activity. The first actual berry picking did not start until May or June. At that time, salmonberries, wild strawberries and plums would be ripe and ready to collect. After these berries became ripe (as this can vary depending on spring weather), huckleberries, Saskatoon berries, blackberries, thimbleberries, blackcaps and highbush cranberries would all become ripe in succession. This collection could go as late as the middle of September.

As summer came to an end, the vegetation which flowered would begin to die back and then the root plants would become more accessible. At this time, crabapples and cranberries would become ripe. Also, wapato would be collected at this time and traded with various First Nations groups within trading distance.

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