The ‘Sioux Chef’ Brings Pre-Colonization Food to the Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table I keep seeing this trend and I like it! A lot of chefs are harkening back to traditional foods that their ancestors would have eaten. They are opting for locally sourced foods and going for a pre-colonization diet. Recently Midwest food blog Heavy Table caught up with Sean Sherman, a chef from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation ...

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Let’s Eat! National Indian Taco Championship

Celebrating 10 years of good eats! If you're in the Northern Oklahoma area you can check out the 10th annual National Indian Taco Championship this Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Wouldn't you like to be a judge in this competition? Well you can! Visitors can pay $5 for the chance to help judge the Indian tacos. There are two ways to participate as a judge – sign up and for $5 you can be a Preliminary Judge or ...

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Will Native American Cuisine Ever Get Its Due?

"Locally sourced", "foraged", "farm-to-table" seem to be all the buzz in the food world these days. However it seems like common sense when you look at it from a Native American perspective. There were no grocery stores "back in the day" and the land provided what you needed. Read more in this article from Food & Wine about how chefs like Nephi Craig are trying to bring Native American cuisine (pre-Columbian) back to the forefront. In summer's copper twilight, Apache ...



NATIVE AMERICAN HOME ETIQUETTE By: Jamie K. Oxendine, Lumbee/Creek Editor, Director, Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation PRELUDE Native Americans from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Arctic to the Tropics were quite cordial and rather kind to guests in the home. Europeans and later Americans noticed certain mannerisms concerning a guest at home that was far beyond their own concept of providing hospitality. Even after the massive persecution from both Europeans and later Americans the indigenous people of North America were still quite benevolent to ...


Protecting Native Seeds

According to a report by KRQE out of Albuquerque, NM, a bill has been introduced in the Senate and House in New Mexico which would protect Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agriculture purposes. The proposal would permit tribes to work alongside public research institutions to encourage education and training programs preserving the purity of the seeds. Photo by Jonathan McIntosh Currently ...


The World Wide Frybread Association lives on in new TV/Web Series

Coming off the success of his film More Than Frybread, Holt Hamilton is hoping to recreate that magic in a TV/Web Series. The pilot TV episode of “Frybread” is sixty-percent completed, and features several cast members from the movie More Than Frybread. The release of the pilot by Holt Hamilton Productions (HHP) could very well be the first TV series based on Native American sitcom. The original movie released in 2012 was screened in more than fifty reservations throughout the U.S. ...

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Searching Beyond Frybread : Native Foodways

Of course, everyone loves frybread, but this was not one of the original traditional foods of the Southwest Native Americans.  James Beard nominated food writer Gwen Pratesi traveled to Arizona to see if she could better understand the original culinary roots of the Southwest peoples. Tepary beans, Saguaro syrup and Cholla buds are just some of the ingredients she encountered in traditional dishes.  She found several groups guiding the younger generation back towards traditional ways such as the Tohono O’odham Community ...


Native Inspired Cakes

Joleen General has created several Native inspired cakes.  Her company Heavenly Sweets takes orders for these custom designed pieces of art.  She is from the Deer Clan of the Onondaga Nation and lives on the Six Nations Indian Reservation in Ontario, Canada. Joleen has been making cakes since 2010. Can't wait to see what kind of designs she comes up with next! Find out more about Heavenly Sweets....


Native American Holiday Gift Guide

There's only 3 weeks left until Christmas so you better start marking people off your list quick!  Here's some inspiration for gift giving this year.  A lot of these suggestions are artisans and not big box retailers so get your orders in quick if you want these by Christmas! Host/Hostess Gift: Don't show up empty-handed to the party.  Bring something for the gracious hosts! Tanka Gift Packs - I like the Wild Summer Sausage gift crate that comes with a braid of ...


Cranberries Were a Native American Superfood

The Algonquin, Chippewa, and Cree, among others, gathered wild cranberries where they could find them in what is now Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, all the way west to Oregon and Washington, and north to areas of British Columbia and Quebec, according to Devon Mihesuah, a professor at the University of Kansas and an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation. The berry was called sassamenesh (by the Algonquin) and ibimi (by the Wampanoag and Lenni-Lenape), which translates literally ...

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