November is National Native American Heritage Month 2015 in the United States — and the period of Nov. 8-14 is the worldwide “Rock Your Mocs Week” in which Native peoples stand together and show their Native pride by wearing their moccasins. This year, in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has pulled together some Native American food recipes that we think you’ll enjoy. It’s a way to bring a bit of Native America to your table.
In previous years we have provided a reading list of Native American books at http://www.firstnations.org/books, and a collection of our favorite Native American movies and quotations, both at http://www.firstnations.org/HeritageMonth. But this year, instead of appealing to your mind, ears or eyes, we’re going for your taste buds.
The recipes we’re sharing this year come courtesy of two of our grantees — Dream of Wild Health and the Intertribal Agriculture Council — and our own staff member Jona Charette (Northern Cheyenne/Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) and her aunts Maria Charette and Patricia Rowland (both Northern Cheyenne).
The recipes can be found online at http://www.firstnations.org/recipes. They are for the following comestibles:
•Wild Gitigan Salad and Dressing
•Wojapi (Dakota Berry Sauce)
•Three Sisters Soup
•Double Cornbread Muffins
•Corn, Blueberry and Wild Rice Salad
•Blueberry and Peach Salsa
•Wild Rice Hamburgers
•Dry Meat Soup