Happy Native American Thanksgiving…. here is a message from a Muscogee Creek friend about the first Thanksgiving from a Native point of view
…and Thanks-For-Giving over the past eleven years everybody!
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Here’s a message I got recently from Richard Thornton, President at The Apalache Foundation, Leader of "People Of One Fire:"
Harvests feasts have an ancient tradition in the Americas that long predate the era when our ancestors allowed starving refugees and involuntary passengers from the Old World to settle here. The newcomers were so impressed by the farming skills of our ancestors that they created one of North America’s most important holidays to honor them . . . Thanksgiving!
Your family can also honor the culinary gifts that the indigenous peoples of the Americas gave all humanity by planning “An All American Thanksgiving.” Only serve dishes that originated in the Americas!
It’s going to be tough . . . not because of the limited choices, but because there is so much to choose from. Throughout the world, American vegetables predominate on the dinner table. The Muskogeans also gave the world deep fried, corn meal battered, poultry and fish that’s now called “Southern Fried.” (They used hickory nut oil with zero cholesterol.) Most all indigenous Americans liked to barbecue meats.
Smoked turkey, baked turkey, fried turkey
Fried duck, baked wild duck, roasted wild duck
Smoked wild goose, baked wild goose, roasted wild goose
Smoked venison, roasted venison
Smoked buffalo, grilled buffalo
Roasted elk, smoked elk
Smoked fish, barbecued fish, fried fish, baked fish
Roasted bear, smoked bear, barbecued bear
Deep fried turtle or frog legs
Fried quail, smoked quail
Baked possum with sweet potatoes*
*It is something like roast pork.
Corn bread, corn on the cob, niblet corn, creamed corn, hominy corn, grits, sofke, hush puppies, corn flat cakes, hasty pudding, corn soup, tamales, tortillas, popcorn
Northern wild rice, Southern wild rice
Ramps (onion relative)
Andean purple potatoes
Jerusalem artichoke (Indian potatoes)
Ramps (member of onion family)
Yellow crookneck squash
Calusa squash (sweet)
Calabaza squash (sweet)
Butternuts (White Walnut)
Live Oak acorns
*Most commercial strawberries in the world are hybrids created from the native strawberry of the Southeast, which was grown by American Indians.
Tuna Cactus fruit
Getting hungry? Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends around the Americas . . . even if your country doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
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