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Kumeyaay willow basket weaver Claudia Dominguez displays two of her handmade miniature willow basket granaries for a picture. She handweaves the Native American baskets in the traditional way for sale across the US-Mexico border.

The Kumeyaay, Diegueno-Kamia, Cocopah Cucapa Cocopa, Mohave Mojave, Hualapai, Yavapai, Havasupai, Quechan, Maricopa, Paipai Pai Pai, Kiliwa and Cochimi Indians of Southern California used willow to weave their full-sized granary baskets to store acorn, mesquite beans and other indigenous Native American seeds.


Willow leaves and willow branches contain salicin, a natural insect repellent that helped keep hungry insects away from their food and seed stores.

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INDIGENOUS PLANT PHOTOS Southern California Ethnobotany Plant Guide
professional hihg-resolution pictures gallery of the plants and herbs used by indigenous Native American California Indian tribes of southwestern Southern California, features California white sage used in ceremony, yucca used for fiber and lotions, buckwheat used for medicinal teas, natural juncus and Indian willow uses for California Indian basketweaving.

To buy authentic San Antonio Necua Kumeyaay granary willow baskets, please visit the Shumup Ko Hup "Dream Come True" Indian store in Old Town State Historic Park, San Diego, California.

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