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.
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The Kaibab Paiute Indians used cliffrose bark to make mats, skirts, leggings, etc. Learn more at the Pipe Spring National Monument - Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Visitor Center and Museum. More...