Thursday, December 16, 2010

Good eating out here in Indian Country


The WH ha a press release a while back that mentioned Indian Country—I said, “What is this, Rin Tin Tin?”

Anyhow, out here in IC, there is an exhibit of historic Hopi photos from 1890 to 1970 at the Upper Village of Moenkopi, which is definitely Indian Country, though I have no idea where it is.

The display is of the Hopi tradition of dry farming.

Indigenous peoples have developed all sorts of farming techniques. Most are community-based.

They are putting out a Hopi cookbook.

There is emphasis out here on Indians trying to get back to traditional foods—even the delish fry bread—because it promotes less diabetes than Wendys-McDonalds-Arbys strip fare.

I don't mean the buffet at the nearest casino.

Think beans, squash, maize, heirloom seeds, and a thankful, in the moment attitude toward preparation and consumption.

There are worse ways to live.

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