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Beaver tail, Parry Nolina, Scrub Oak.  Located in Joshua Tree National Park

The Beaver tail was a source of food. The Indians boiled the red spines on the surface of the cactus and ate them. The Parry Nolina was used to make baskets the bendable leaves made it easy to weave.

The Indians also used pottery for making baskets. These were some of the first baskets. The Scrub Oak's acorns were a source of food for the Indians. The Indians ground the bitterness out of them and used them for breads and cakes.

Katy Tucker

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