One of the most anticipated native wildflowers of April is the Camas. Camas is from the Nootka (West Vancouver Island, BC) peoples' word "chamass", meaning fruit, or sweet. It was adopted into the Chinook jargon as camas, kamass, lacamass and lakamass. The Washington city of Camas was originally Las Camas and was a location where First Nations peoples gathered supplies of the sweet bulbs of the blue flowered "Lakamass". In this episode we will look at the importance of this plant to indigenous peoples, as well as examine the aesthetic beauty that makes it a Northwest favorite!
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