Garry oak ecosystems, once a prominent feature of the pre-contact landscape of Coast Salish territories, were carefully tended gardens and farms growing spe:nxw (camas) as well as other edible and medicinal plants. Camas blooms in the month of tum̓pé:nxw (May) which in hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ means time for camas, alternately called punxwémun – time of camas blooming.
For more information including links to videos, articles and other information, see the link below.
- Camas & the Garry Oak Ecosystem – Online resources (with links)
- Garry Oak Ecosystem Teacher Slides
- Garry Oak Ecosystem Plant Bingo Virtual Calling cards
- Printable Bingo Cards
- Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ Book: suwq̓t tu spe:nxw (searching for camas)