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Indigenous street vendors bring comfort food and a taste of home to Phoenix


September 25, 2020

Roxanne Wilson mixes flour, water and baking powder in a bowl on a work surface inside ametal food truck on a weekday morning in mid-August. The temperature has already soared past 100 on its way to another 115-degree day during the hottest August in recorded Phoenix history.

She’s working alongside three other family members inside the tight spaces of the sweltering vehicle. It's parked on a city street just north of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, “next to the lonely tree” as their Facebook page announces.

“We’re used to the heat,” Wilson said, pointing to her black-on-black wardrobe that she says prevents the sweat marks from showing.


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