In the spring months, young salmonberry shoots, ts’iixal, are picked, peeled and eaten raw. Many other vegetable plants were eaten by our ancestors, including the roots of Springbank clover, naa 7aa, and the roots of Pacific Silverweed, ts’ii7aal. These were prepared like potatoes. Although these are not used extensively today, the knowledge of how to use more than 65 food plants is still with us and will benefit us in the future.
Photo: Haida Gwaii Museum

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