Preparing to Bake. These women are creating an earth oven in which they will bake roots for several days. A pit is dug, rocks are gathered (which will become the heating element), and green vegetation is piled up. The earth oven, when completed, will have multiple layers (from bottom to top): coals, hot rocks, green plants, roots, more green plants, and then a thick cap of earth. Diorama by Mike O'Brien with a background painting by Nola Davis, courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
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