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Wed Nov 24, 2021, 05:13 AM Nov 2021

5 recipes from Indigenous chefs to add this Thanksgiving [View all]

(Or any day throughout the year, for that matter!)


"THE MODERNIZED VERSION OF THE Thanksgiving holiday is a blend of myth and fact. Although Plymouth Pilgrims did celebrate the harvest with members of the local Wampanoag tribe in 1621, a holiday called Thanksgiving wasn’t celebrated until the 1830s and wasn’t made official until 1863. By that point, European colonizers had committed countless atrocities against Indigenous communities, casting a dark shadow over the cross-cultural bread-breaking associated with the holiday.

Instead of leaning into rosy, revisionist history, why not use Thanksgiving to honor and celebrate Indigenous traditions? Below are five recipes from leading Indigenous chefs across North America. Instead of cranberry sauce, opt for Sean Sherman’s recipe for mixed-berry wojapi. Or try another take on Thanksgiving’s star bird with a hominy-and-turkey stew from Oklahoma’s First Americans Museum.

Along with the incredible stories of Indigenous people, many modern Thanksgiving celebrations also omit another key part of the narrative: the bounty of the harvest. Skip the boxed stuffing or mashed-potato flakes and try one of the recipes below to celebrate the local ingredients, stories, and people of this land."...(more)

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