It took me some time to find an inquiry project that stimulated me on a personal level. However, thinking back to the classes I took last year in order to qualify for the program, it suddenly hit me. One of the most interesting things I learned in a Canadian Geography course about the history of Victoria was the importance of camas cultivation to the local Lekwungen First Peoples. We learned that it was an important crop that was widely cultivated, harvested and consumed. So why hadn’t I heard about it earlier?
My inquiry question is thus:
What is camas and why was it so important to the Lekwungen people?
How hard is it to grow? Is it possible to grow it at home?
Can camas be consumed? What does it taste like? What recipes can it be used in?
This is only the beginning of my inquiry. My next move is to create a step-by-step plan to follow over the course of my inquiry. Excited to see how this turns out!