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Searching Beyond Frybread : Native Foodways

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 7th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 7th, 2014

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 Action (TOCA), Native Foodways magazine and the Gila River Indian Community.

Tepary beans (Photo courtesy of TOCA, T. Reader)

Tepary beans (Photo courtesy of TOCA, T. Reader)

Read more about the Southwest cuisine she encountered on the Bunky Cooks blog, which includes a mouth-watering recipe for Traditional O'Odham White Tepary Stew.

Grilled Tenderloin of Tribal Buffalo with Smoked Corn Puree, Cholla Buds, Merquez Sausage, Scarlet Runner Bean Chili, and Saguaro Blossom Syrup

Grilled Tenderloin of Tribal Buffalo with Smoked Corn Puree, Cholla Buds, Merquez Sausage, Scarlet Runner Bean Chili, and Saguaro Blossom Syrup


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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patsy Fairweather

How to cook Buffalo heart.

glenn

Frybread has gotten a bad rap,,Frybread can be made healthier,,check out the Frybread book on the pow wow calendar page it include the history and 200 recipes, plus the ingredient exchange tables
To make a healthy Frybread
!!!!!!!!!CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

LAVELL HIPPS

would love to have some of your dishes. Looks so good

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