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Coloring Plants Used by Desert Indians

Native plants provided food, medicine, tools, construction material, articles for clothing or regalia, and materials used for decorative items or for ceremonial purposes. Specialists within each band knew exactly when to harvest plants for their use and how to prepare them. Desert Indians of California and the Southwest had a great variety of plants at their disposal. Learn about these important plants that sustained our desert Indians as you enjoy adding color to the various blooms and fruits as displayed in this book.

About the Author

Diana Lindsay

Diana Lindsay

Diana Lindsay is the author, co-author, or editor of over 10 books that delve into the cultural and natural history of San Diego County. Her research and writing career began with the publication of her master’s degree from San Diego State University by Copley Books in 1973 as Our Historic Desert. Among her many award-winning books are the guidebook entitled The Anza-Borrego Desert Region, Anza-Borrego A to Z: People, Places, and Things, Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles, and Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist. She is the managing editor of her latest project, entitled Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors written by the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers, which has been years in production, beginning in 2012 with weekly published columns by the Canyoneers entitled “Roam-O-Rama” in the San Diego Reader. Diana is the founder and president of Sunbelt Publications, a regional book publishing and distribution business established in 1984. She is currently serving on the board of the San Diego Natural History Museum and has been a Museum Canyoneer leading public walks and hikes for almost 30 years. Her latest work is a result of a partnership between the Canyoneers, the Museum, and her publishing company. Proceeds from the sale of her book support the Museum.