The Central Texas plants we enjoy today have been used for food, medicine, and crafts for millennia by the Native people of Texas. Written accounts by Spanish missionaries and European explorers, Native oral traditions, and archeological investigations provide windows into the many fascinating uses of our Texas native plants. In this lecture, I'll talk about uses of some of the common plants at Wild Basin -- sumac, juniper, switchgrass, prickly pear -- as well as some very important but lesser-known plants such as little barley and camas.
Leslie Bush is an archeologist who specializes in identifying bits of plants preserved on archeological sites, usually in the form of charcoal. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2001, and her dissertation was published by the University of Alabama Press. She has worked on sites in twelve states including Maryland, Florida, Iowa, and of course Texas. She once found a prickly pear seed on a 600-year-old site near Indianapolis.
This lecture will include a hiking component for those interested. Please bring a water bottle and wear supportive shoes.
Hike is limited to 15 individuals ages 10 and up.