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 gathers pinyon in the autumn. Even today, in good pinyon years, it is a big sustenance crop for the Southwest. It is also a cash crop – in Santa Fe, a pound of fresh roasted pinyon nuts sells for $25.
Photos by Kelley Fowler