Knowledge of Wild Plants

collecting native plants
The Ancestral Pueblo people were very knowledgeable about native plant uses and continued to use this knowledge even after agriculture had become a way of life.

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Even after people were able to obtain most of their staple foods from farming, knowledge of native plants remained important. These plants provided variety to the diet and were a source of medicines, tools, and dyes. Wild plants were often dried for storage.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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