The Canadian River valley was a rich environment for prehistoric peoples. Many plants and animals were available at different seasons of the year for people to hunt and gather. A single resource, such as these yucca plants growing near the Canadian river, could provide lots of food and many other useful materials. Even the roots of the yucca may be dug up, cooked, and eaten or made into soap. The long leaves can be woven into baskets or sandals or stripped down to remove fibers that can then be made into cords and ropes. Photo by Kris Erickson.
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