Mat woven from bear grass

Beargrass—or panyúrar in Karuk—is an important species for basket weavers and regalia makers. The blades that grow the first year after a fire are considered best for basket weaving. Panyúrar can be stimulated by fire, and is fire-adapted in that it can sprout from rhizomes following fire or re-establish by seed. At the same time, panyúrar can be damaged by fires that burn too hot.

Image credit: Stormy Staats, Klamath-Salmon Media Collaborative. Used with permission.

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25 April 2017 - 3:44pm