Many people believe the desert is a harsh forsaken place, but for the Hualapai Tribal people of Northern AZ it is home; a place where every plant has a name, a purpose, and a story. The Hualapai Ethnobotany Youth Project is celebrating its tenth year of existence. It is an intergenerational program bringing Tribal elders and youth together to share about the plants that sustained the people for millennia.
Frank Mapatis and Phyna Cook harvesting mescal agave within Peach Springs Canyon, a side Canyon within the greater Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
Sequoya Wakayuta harvesting the cholla cactus buds within Hualapai ancestral lands.
Sterling Dashee and Tristan Wakayuta proudly holding a tray of the calcium rich cholla cactus buds harvested on the Hualapai Ethnobotany Youth Project Field Trip.