Light as Air

Light as Air

Artist: Meghan Crandall


Chia (Salvia columbariae) is a native to Joshua Tree National Park. It is known by many names: paanihac (Serrano), pasal (Cahuilla), pashal (Luiseño), ‘ilépesh (Barbareño Chumash), and nulh’amulh (Kumeyaay). Chia’s tiny seeds offer an important Native American traditional energy food. Historical accounts relate that a teaspoonful of chia seeds could sustain a person in a trek across the desert.

Collections: California: Joshua Tree National Park, National Parks of the United States

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