The tiny seeds of Indian ricegrass require considerable work to process into food. The husks are first toasted to loosen the kernels. Then the grains are rolled under a small stone cylinder to crack the hulls. Winnowing separates the hull from the kernels, which are then dried for storage. When roasted and ground into flour, wai makes a filling mush or gravy.
Did You Know?
Three episodes of Death Valley Days ("Long Night at Fort Lonely", "Key to the Fort", "A Full House") were filmed at Pipe Spring National Monument in 1967.