Natural Agave fiber has been used by the California Yuman Indians of the greater San Diego area for thousands of years, producing such items as fiber sandals, brushes and net bags.
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AGAVE Fiber from Yucca Plant Leaves

Teresa Castro, PaiPai Indian from Santa Catarina tribal village in the remote high desert mountains of Baja California, Mexico, harvested local Yucca plants, separated out its agave fibrous material, and handmade these natural agave fiber Indian sandals, and agave fiber net bag for sale across the US-Mexico border to American museums, tribal museums, private collectors, survivalists, and Native American Indian gift shops.

The large Yucca plant pictured was photographed in the front yard of Tina Vega, Kumeyaay Indian, in the rural tribal Indian village of San Jose de la Zorra, Baja California, Mexico.



Stocks from the Yucca and Agave plants have been grown, harvested and used by Native Californians for thousands of years to fuel Indian pottery burn pits. In this yucca photo, Pai Pai Native Americans of the Teresa Castro family are pictured alongside harvested dried Yucca stalks that will be used to make California Indian pottery in the traditional Yuman way. Yucca stalks are the wood fuel Native Americans preferred to use in their fire pits because the dried wooden stalks burn hot, evenly and for a long time.


The California Native American Indigenous peoples used the dried yucca stocks for other purposes, including arrow quivers and food honey buckets.


Yucca plants Vrs Agave plants -- help how to tell the difference agave and yucca plants.

The photographer-webmaster got very confused trying to distinguish between the two similar California native plants, and this is how it was explained to me:

• Notice the heavier base leaves and long thin branches in the above San Jose de la Zorra agave plant picture -- that is an AGAVE plant.

• The desert California YUCCA plant has thinner base leaves and small yellow banana-looking blossoms and the short stubby hard dried seed pods.

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