This photo shows the hollowed out gourd and the stones to the left. I love the scuppernongs (like muscadines, only green) in the handmade basket and the yellow squash are to the upper right. I asked about the lichen and below that, the husk from corn. Lichen can be eaten! I was assured that it does not taste that good but that if it is cleaned it is perfectly edible and could sustain you if you needed food in the wild. The cornhusk was used by Native Americans as a diuretic, it was soaked in water and they would drink the cornhusky water. Not sure, what kind of nuts they have here. You could bet that my Dad would know! (And please, do NOT go into the wild and eat something on my say-so! I am from small-town Georgia and am just passing along to you what was shown to me at this festival. I promise you that all the country knowledge that my Dad might have in common with Native Americans is his knowledge alone, and not mine!)
GB just asked me about the pink trees that I was posing beside in my one year blog anniversary post. They are Eastern Redbud trees and they are native to this area. They are the very first trees to bloom and they are always a very welcome sight. The blooms from an Eastern Redbud tree were also eaten by the Native Americans and that makes total sense to me since they bloom in mid March and would be one of the few blooming plants at that time of year.
Beautiful owls from the Wildlife Festival...from AWARE and also, from a Bird of Prey Show...but that will have to be for another post. Just you wait, you will be amazed by their beauty.