more Native American Heritage month

Well, while I was trying to decide what to blog about this week, Bruce beat me to the topic I finally decided on (see below). Oh well. But that's ok, I'm still gonna blog about it, and so now we have two posts on books about Native Americans (and actually, some prefer to be called American Indians).

Lest some of you think that Indians are just history lessons--umm, there are still Indians in America (just not that many in the Houston area--not like if you were in, say, Oklahoma, for example)

So here are some (more) books:

jingle dancer   Cynthia Leitich Smith is one of the most well known Native writers for kids. She is a tribal member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

 Bruce already listed The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe) -- another well known Native author. Here is the sequel  and the third book about Omakayas  Louise Erdrich also writes lots of books for adults.  This one  is by N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), who also writes mostly for grown-ups.

Cloudwalker: contemporary Native American Stories and Walk to the Great Mystery (sorry, no pictures available)

Even though this one, , is for teens, I have to mention it  'cause it was so good. (It even won the National Book Award.) Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene) also has written a lot of books and stories for grown-ups.

Those two by Louise Erdrich these are historical fiction (they're set in the 1800's); the rest are more modern day settings.

And of course, since Thanksgiving is coming up, here are some "thanksgiving" books from a native American point of view:

Bruchac, Margaret M. (Abenaki), and Catherine Grace O’Neill, 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving.

Hunter, Sally M. (Ojibwe), Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition.

Peters, Russell M. (Wampanoag), Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition.

Regguinti, Gordon (Ojibwe), The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering.

Swamp, Jake (Mohawk), Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message.

Wittstock, Laura Waterman (Seneca), Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking.

Finally, if you're still reading and if you can't make it all the way over to the Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library for their American Indian cooking demonstration on Nov 23 -- here's a recipe for Indian tacos (it's easy *and* yummy). Moms or dads will have to help with the cooking of the meat and definitely with making the fry bread. There are lots of recipes online - some will say that fry bread is a Navajo thing, but, umm, Indians all over eat America and Canada eat it. In fact, I saw a commerical on TV for a powwow at Trader's Village Nov 14-15 and it showed someone making Indian Tacos.

here's a recipe. I tried calling my mom to get her recipe, but she wasn't home, so here's one I found online that looks pretty close to hers:

2 cups flour

1 cup buttermilk

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

Sift flour,salt and baking powder then add milk and more flour to make dough stiff. Take a piece and roll or pat it out kind of like a tortilla Fry in hot cooking oil until golden brown. Drain on plate with paper towels.
This is the "Fry bread" which, for tacos, is the base, but you can also put some honey on it and have it for dessert (like a sopapilla).

for the rest you need some taco meat, so just brown some ground beef or turkey and add one of those packets of taco seasoning.

To build the taco:
1. fry bread

2. meat

3. beans (like Ranch Style)

4. lettuce, tomato, cheese or whatever you like on tacos