Eastern Mojave Vegetation Piagi Park, Mono County, California.

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Dedicated to the elders of the Mono Lake Paiute, Piagi Park represents an activity unique to the Mono Lake people: collecting the larvae of the Pandora moth, or piagi, in trenches dug around the base of Jeffrey pines near the Mono Basin. The piagi are then toasted and eaten--highly nutritious and tasty treats. Piagi Park is of special interest to local Native Americans who are vitally interested in their heritage and to all Inyo National Forest visitors interested in Native American life ways and prehistory.

Signs in the park explain the collection, preparation, and importance of piagi. Nearby is a "wiki-up:" a branch and bark structure used to store the collected piagi in a cool spot prior to processing this important food resource.

When in the area, you may also want to venture to the Bald Mountain Lookout; there is a fabulous view from this point, and the lookout is open to the public during the summer months.

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Date and time this article was prepared:3:14:54 PM, 2/25/2024.