Native American Food. Anthropology 85A Professor Tanis Thorne By Yu Ong & Ryan Yabut. Fry Bread as a Project.
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Professor Tanis Thorne
By Yu Ong & Ryan Yabut
We chose to do a project on fry bread because we thought fry bread to be interesting as it became part of Pan-Indian culture and its huge role in ceremonies and activities in all Native American cultures in North America. However, what made it more interesting to research is how it became part of all these cultures when it was not originally a traditional cultural delicacy of any Indian tribes in North America until the 19th century. Thus, categorizing it as a recent addition to any Indian culture. It’s progression into being part of Pan-Indian culture shows how important it is as it is adopted by all Native American culture as a “traditional” food.
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup honey
Should fry bread be considered hazardous and be eliminated away from the culture or should it remain as an icon of Pan Indian unity and culture, while obesity and type II diabetes rates continue to increase?
We believe fry bread should remain as a symbol for Pan Indian unity and culture because it is a type of food that is unique to Native American culture, which is mostly found on traditional gatherings such as a Powwow. However, Fry bread may cause risks of diabetes and obesity only if it is consumed in excessive amounts as it should not be something to be part of one’s daily diet. Instead, fry bread should be eaten for special occasions only, such as Powwows and ceremonies. Also, fry bread recipes should be modified to add some nutritional values, such as using whole grain flour than white flour. This way fry bread remains to be part of the overall culture that has unified the Native American population together as a whole, while enjoying the worthwhile experience of such a cultural delicacy. Thus, this is what we believe as everyone should be able to experience an aspect of American Indian culture before it is decided to be removed completely.