Navajo Wild Plants

In American Southwest Indian traditions, like for the Navajo and Hopi tribes, wild plants from the region served a variety of purposes and were of great importance.

Baya Meehan, a Navajo tribal member from Copper Mine, Ariz., gathers pinyon in the autumn. Pinyon nuts—from the Pinus edulis tree—were a staple food crop for prehistoric tribes, such as the Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo, who inhabit the Southwest.
Photos by Kelley Fowler