CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1995 |
Many of the colorful native plants now in bloom in Southern California were used by Native Americans for medicine, tools, housing and clothing. An exhibit at the Palm Springs Desert Museum explores uses of these plants. "Harvesting the Desert: Plant Uses Past and Present," illustrates how the Cahuilla Indians used plants to treat everything from stomach cramps to sterility. Bows were made from mesquite branches and houses were built with palm leaves.