April 09, 2008
basket weaving material
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photo by Donald Kinney
Now, I am certainly no expert on the Native Indians who made a home in this paradise we know today as Marin County, but I'm pretty sure they would have found this particular plant useful for their tightly-woven baskets. Near this same spot (Roy's Redwoods, near San Geronimo) a friend showed me a ground-hugging plant called "soap-root". We dug it out of the ground, crushed it's roots in our hands, added some water (from the nearby bucolic creek) and presto, we had a soapy lather with which to wash our hands. Worked great!
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