How to eat like a Native American this Thanksgiving
When you look upon a bountiful table at this time of year, do you feel a connection to the squash, the fresh ginger, the apples, cornmeal, the sweet potatoes and walnuts? For native peoples of the Americas, the sense of relationship is strong, says Kevin Gover.
As director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and a member of the Midwestern Pawnee tribe, he’s keenly aware of the bond: “There are ceremonies surrounding hunting, gathering, growing, harvesting and cooking food that have been around for thousands of years,” he explains. “At gatherings, there is always at least one traditional dish among a menu that includes more contemporary dishes such as fry bread, which is something that has only been a part of the Native diet since resettlement.”