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The Forgotten Cuisine - (Native American)
Newsweek ^ | August 19, 2013 | Paul Wachter

Posted on 08/25/2013 7:37:32 AM PDT by re_tail20

Nephi Craig graduated from culinary school in 2000 and began a promising career. In a few years, he was working his way up the stations at Mary Elaine’s, Arizona’s only five-star French restaurant, led by James Beard Award–winning chef Bradford Thompson. “I was getting a great French, classical training, but something was missing,” says Craig, who is 33. “The French tradition isn’t my tradition, and I wanted to cook in the tradition of my people: Apaches and Navajos.”

It’s an early Tuesday morning in late July, and Craig is driving his 10-year-old son, Ari, and me around the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, which is nestled in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Craig, whose mother is Apache and whose late father was Navajo, likes punk rock and skateboarding and is quick to laugh. Though he was born in Whiteriver (the reservation’s largest community) and spent most of his youth there—he also lived for several years on a Navajo reservation—he never thought he’d spend his adulthood here. He went to culinary school in Scottsdale and then spent three years cooking at an affluent country club in the northern part of the city before joining Mary Elaine’s.

“At Mary Elaine’s, we’d use a lot of local ingredients—rabbit, venison, squash, and corn—that I recognized as part of indigenous culinary history but were prepared in the French style,” he says. “And as I got better as a chef, I began to think about using my skills to showcase my own peoples’ culinary ways.”

But he had a lot of learning to do. “Even growing up on the reservation, I got the same two-page social-studies version of our indigenous history,” he says. “You know, the pilgrims and stuff.” After leaving Mary Elaine’s, he began to devote himself to rediscovering indigenous food...

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TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: nativeamerican

1 posted on 08/25/2013 7:37:32 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

Let the jokes begin.....


2 posted on 08/25/2013 7:44:34 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: re_tail20

A few years ago, my oldest son invited us over to see his new apartment and to go out to an Indian restaurant near by.

My husband asked what kind of Indian - American Indian or Indian Indian.

Since then, he has been on a quest to find a place that served real American INdian food. Even with the ethnic craze, you don’t find American Indian food.


3 posted on 08/25/2013 7:45:14 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: re_tail20
...that fry bread “has killed more Indians than the federal government.”

Where does he think the Indians get the food stamps to buy their fry bread? As for the "killings", I presume he's referring to the Indian Wars in the "two page" history in the public schools' revised "history" books about the cavalry and the Indians "and stuff". He obviously isn't very in tune with what is STILL going on between the Indians and the U.S. Government on the reservations. The killing continues. But hey! As long as the Indians stay on the DNC's reservation plantation and continue to vote for DemocRATS, what's the problem?

4 posted on 08/25/2013 7:54:25 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The time for impeachment has come.)
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To: re_tail20

A lot of native Americans were cannibals too.


5 posted on 08/25/2013 7:57:12 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: KosmicKitty

A couple of years ago, one of the Top Chef Masters shows did an epi cooking for members of a tribe using its traditional dishes as the basis.


6 posted on 08/25/2013 7:57:50 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: KosmicKitty
There is/was a small restaurant in Sells, AZ on the Tohono O’odham Reservation that sells traditional foods. The Desert Rain Café.
Darned good food and lousy service. After a couple of visits and a real lack of the “Give-A-Damn factor”, I haven't been back. Don't know if it is still there or not
7 posted on 08/25/2013 7:59:34 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: KosmicKitty

***Even with the ethnic craze, you don’t find American Indian food.***

Think back to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

After the Spanish were driven out, POP’E, the leader of the revolt demanded all Spanish cattle, sheep and horses be killed. Only deer, elk, rabbit and other foods could be eaten. Anything from the Spanish was banned.

The Indians had become accustomed to Spanish food and were not happy. They were so unhappy they deposed Pop’e, but like a bad penny he came back.

So they poisoned him, and when the Spanish returned they were welcomed with little opposition.

In other interesting times, when the US began to explore the far west, they were starving. They came upon a group of Piutes fixing some food. The Piutes fled and the US soldiers ate the food.

Then they found the food was pounded earthworms. Revulsion overcame hunger and they puked their guts out.

Then there is Lewis and Clark’s meeting with the Flathead Indians. The Indians were so starved when one of the expedition killed an animal the whole tribe ran several miles to the spot and tore the animal to pieces, devouring it and the guts raw.

Then there is the Kronkawa Indians of Texas who had a preference for cooked human.

If you really look, most so-called Indian food like Indian Tacos are actually Spanish. Even the staple Fry Bread is Spanish.


8 posted on 08/25/2013 8:03:27 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: re_tail20

I can’t wait till some enterprising cook decides to start a Australian Aborigine Cafe!


9 posted on 08/25/2013 8:08:01 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: re_tail20

Interesting that the restaurant “Mary Elaine’s” retains that name after the involvement of Charles and Mary Elaine Keating came to an ignominous end in the savings and loan scandals of the late 80s.


10 posted on 08/25/2013 8:10:37 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: onedoug
A lot of native Americans were cannibals too.

Maybe one tribe left evidence of it as a possible common practice.

There's an account of a white trapper/hunter that took a Indian wife. She was killed by braves from another tribe. In a pique of revenge, the trapper started hunting members of the tribe, and at least on the first deadly encounter, ate the liver of one of the braves. Raw.

The tribe's elders were horrified, and eventually made peace with the aggrieved spouse by making him a member of the tribe.

11 posted on 08/25/2013 8:11:24 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: elcid1970

Perhaps Senator Fauxcahontas can contribute her collection of NYT-poached collection of Native American Recipes?


12 posted on 08/25/2013 8:14:06 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: onedoug
Just what I was thinking.

If I ordered some Karankawa Indian cuisine would they roast me up a Spaniard?

13 posted on 08/25/2013 8:16:06 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: re_tail20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuOlD0JZhM4

1976 Mazola Margarine “We Call It Maize” Commercial


14 posted on 08/25/2013 8:18:54 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: elcid1970

Elizabeth Warren has a mean Corn-Seed recipe.


15 posted on 08/25/2013 8:22:00 AM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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To: re_tail20

Mexican food is fusion Spanish/Indian.


16 posted on 08/25/2013 8:22:19 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: onedoug

I was wondering when the stupidest comment EVER on Free Republic would be made. I just found it. It’s yours.


17 posted on 08/25/2013 8:28:14 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: re_tail20
In culinary school almost 15 years ago, Craig says he was “force-fed the notion that there were only three mother cuisines: French, Italian, and Asian.” ... “My stance today,” he says, “is that Native American cuisine is the fourth mother cuisine and needs to be included in that list.”

What idiotic notions. As if French and Italian cuisines are entirely separate in origin.

And others are not equally original.

Or "Asian" is a single cuisine.

Or "Native American" is.

Heck, there are at least a dozen very distinctive versions of Mexican cuisine alone. At least as different as French and Italian. Or Japanese and Chinese (which is itself very diverse).

18 posted on 08/25/2013 8:31:25 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: KosmicKitty

In NM, the pueblos north of Santa Fe hold various feasts. Part of the celebration is dancing and other activities, then attendees are invited to homes of tribe members to eat traditional foods. Very good. You can also go to Jemez and the Indians sell food along the road.


19 posted on 08/25/2013 8:32:00 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: KosmicKitty

http://www.indianpueblo.org/19pueblos/feastdays.html


20 posted on 08/25/2013 8:33:41 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Calvin Locke
Perhaps Senator Fauxcahontas can contribute her collection of NYT-poached collection of Native American Recipes?

Yeah, but it's mandatory you acquire all the ingredients with food stamps.

21 posted on 08/25/2013 8:35:24 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: righttackle44; onedoug

What is idiotic about it?

A host of Indian tribes are known to have been cannibals.

Among them Aztecs, Caribs (origin of the word cannibal), Iroquois, Anasazi (proven by DNA evidence), Tonkawas, Kwakiutl, Mississipians (the guys who built Monks’ Mound) and a bunch of others.

Same is true, BTW, of Old World peoples. Go back far enough and probably all our ancestors were cannibals.

http://markgelbart.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/native-american-cannibalism-and-dog-eating/


22 posted on 08/25/2013 8:41:19 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: righttackle44

Cannibalism among various “native American” groups is documentable. Sorry you don’t like it.


23 posted on 08/25/2013 8:41:49 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: re_tail20

Considering many indian tribes were known to eat various parts of their captives....like fingers, internal organs, intestines, tongues.....while they still alive...

I think I will pass....


24 posted on 08/25/2013 8:44:17 AM PDT by Popman (PTRD (Post Traumatic Racism Disorder)....coming to a court room soon....)
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To: Calvin Locke

They did that so that he could squat over the tribal burial grounds & their warrior would finally get his liver back.

;^)


25 posted on 08/25/2013 8:45:15 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Sounds like there is a reason that pre-European foods are not eaten. They suck. Other than buffalo and venison, they had no decent meat, and they probably didn’t get that very often. Plains Indians couldn’t kill buffalo very easily until whites came with horses. Then, they were able to chase them and kill more of them, and they grew in size and population. The Indians in Mexico are tiny because they had no good source of meat, other than each other. The corn was crappy before whites came and used agricultural methods to make it bigger and better. In the southwest, they pounded acorns into a paste and made some real disgusting bread thing. There may have been a few good things to eat, but they were not plentiful or widespread.


26 posted on 08/25/2013 9:05:55 AM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: onedoug

That’s true. Cabeza de Vaca who was probably the first European to encounter (albeit unwillingly) the Indians of the Southwest in 1528, wrote of the cannibalism of some of tribes he met. Although it was to his account largely ceremonial. Bernal Diaz del Castillo, who marched with Cortez, explicitly documents the cannibalism of the Aztects, and recounts that at one point Cuauhtémoc threatened to eat the flesh of Cortez with Mole, which was apparently the proper sauce for the occasion.


27 posted on 08/25/2013 9:37:02 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: Calvin Locke
You're talking about the colorful history of the real Liver Eatin Johnson, who was played by Robert Redford in the film Jeremiah Johnson.


28 posted on 08/25/2013 9:45:12 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: KosmicKitty

In one way the two cuisines are closer that you might think. Indian Fry Bread is the same as a Mexican Sopapillia, and is often served with honey, if not with meat and very hot peppers in a form of taco. Both are pretty much the same as (Asian) Indian poori bread.


29 posted on 08/25/2013 9:50:24 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar; KosmicKitty

We were taught in grade school about the native tribes of the SF Bay Area and the things they ate (shellfish, acorns, etc.).

I can’t think of any place around here that features Native cuisine. We were taught about how they prepared acorns for eating (you have to leach out the tannic acid first, and they had to do it in woven baskets since they didn’t have ceramic ones).

With all the food-worshiping, belly-worshiping (”their god is their belly”) “locavore” so-called “progressives” around here, you’d think some eatery would feature acorn pancakes (in season, of course). No dice.


30 posted on 08/25/2013 9:58:49 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“He obviously isn’t very in tune with what is STILL going on between the Indians and the U.S. Government on the reservations. The killing continues.”

I agree. . .free tuition to colleges, clean, new well stocked elementary and high schools, clean, new hospitals, business grants, housing assistance, employment and contracting preferences like 8(a), they get all sorts of help from the government, but yet, as you say, the killing continues as they wallow in drink and drugs and law-breaking—killing themselves. (Because they are Indians, they are allowed to cross back-and-forth between Mexico and the US. . .without having to pass through POE’s, therefore, they are also deep into the drug trade, supporting murdering cartels.)

They certainly are democRATS.


31 posted on 08/25/2013 10:02:33 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: elcid1970

no jokes....just good eats. If you haven’t eaten antelope you are missing out. There is plenty of traditional food from The Dine’ that is not only mouth wateringly good but good for you. And yes I do eat fry bread now and again because I like it (particularly with honey and a little cinnamon).


32 posted on 08/25/2013 10:16:23 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Defiant

you apparently have never eaten antelope or had a good mutton stew. more’s the shame


33 posted on 08/25/2013 10:19:07 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: re_tail20

Someone long ago noted that an Indian banquet consisted of “dog meat with lard sauce.” Someone else noted that, in New Mexico, it is smothered with burned green chilis.

“And the Noble Son of the Plains becomes a mighty hunter in the due and proper season. That season is the summer, and the prey that a number of the tribes hunt is crickets and grasshoppers! The warriors, old men, women, and children, spread themselves abroad in the plain and drive the hopping creatures before them into a ring of fire. I could describe the feast that then follows, without missing a detail, if I thought the reader would stand it.”

— The Noble Red Man, by Mark Twain (1870)

http://twain.lib.virginia.edu/projects/rissetto/redman.html


34 posted on 08/25/2013 11:16:05 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: Calvin Locke

***ate the liver of one of the braves. Raw.***

You are talking about LIVER EATING JOHNSON(Jeremiah Johnson).

Years later, he admitted he did not eat the liver, but just passed it in front of his mouth. The Indians, who saw him from a distance, thought he had eaten it.


35 posted on 08/25/2013 11:18:52 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: P.O.E.

***1976 Mazola Margarine “We Call It Maize” Commercial***

I remember that! It all came about after the 1974 troubles at Wounded Knee. Suddenly Indian culture became a temporary rage. Much of it a total hoax.


36 posted on 08/25/2013 11:21:19 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: KosmicKitty

Even with the ethnic craze, you don’t find American Indian food..... There REALLY is a good explanation for that.


37 posted on 08/25/2013 11:22:28 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Calvin Locke

ate the liver of one of the braves. Raw....Liver Eatin’ Johnson. Jeriamia Johnson (Robert Redford) was a fictionalized account of his exploits. He supplied wood for the steamers that came up the Big Horn, was a guide, trapper and became a Marshall in the Dakotas at different times.


38 posted on 08/25/2013 11:30:47 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

1976 Mazola Margarine “We Call It Maize, Paleface Whitey!!”

That’s how it sounded to me. Dodge or Plymouth offered Navajo pattern upholstery that year IIRC.


39 posted on 08/25/2013 11:51:47 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

A very fascinating book about eating on the Santa Fe Trail is, Eating Up the Santa Fe Trail. It is filled with first hand accounts of real-life meals, along with recipes.

I used to use it with the kids as part of western history lessons, because, believe me, you got their attention when describing meals of “polecat”, also known as skunk, “puppy dog”, and my personal favorite, “moose nose”.

Read it and be thankful for our modern supermarkets; and impressed at the sheer determination and ingenuity that came from being hungry.


40 posted on 08/25/2013 1:06:36 PM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Red Boots

I’ve got a book WILDWOOD WISDOM by Elsworth Jaeger in which he describes the various meats the Indians used, such as rabbit, porcupine, skunk, muskrat, beaver, dog,and lots more.

Think of eating all that WITHOUT SALT!

As the Mountain Men used to say, “Meat’s meat” as they chowed down on a cougar.

As Charlie Russell once said about those whites who had “gone Indian”, “by the time your hair is shoulder length, you can live without salt!”


41 posted on 08/25/2013 2:22:32 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I totally believe you.

This just a good excuse for my DH to eat Spanish, which I really like.

Real Indian indian is really gross. Earth worms humans. yuck.


42 posted on 08/25/2013 2:39:57 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: righttackle44

I was wondering when the stupidest comment EVER on Free Republic would be made. I just found it. It’s yours.


You need a license for stupidity as gross as yours! Did you even goooogle?


43 posted on 08/25/2013 4:20:34 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Case back hoe for sale or trade for diesel wood chipper....Enforce the Bill of Rights. It's the Law!)
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To: Nifster

Neither did many Indians. They are not easy to kill with a bow and arrow, or spear. I wasn’t saying there was no good food available. I mentioned buffalo and venison. There were a few others. Mutton? Seriously. They were climbing into the Rockies after those bighorn sheep? I don’t think that was common.


44 posted on 08/25/2013 5:02:51 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: onedoug
"A lot of native Americans were cannibals too."

Angie Harmon is part Native American...


45 posted on 08/25/2013 6:31:04 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Defiant

This chef has Dine (Navaho) roots. They raised sheep for at least 200 years.

You can be as feckless as you desire. You still haven’t eaten antelope. And not all would have had access to it but many did. Not all had access to bear but the plains nomads did. You think you know so much and you really don’t


46 posted on 08/25/2013 7:41:13 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Plains Indians weren’t in the Plains until horses. They migrated from farther south.


47 posted on 08/25/2013 8:08:55 PM PDT by Defiant (In the next rebellion, the rebels will be the ones carrying the American flag.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Ok- I could eat without salt; but moose nose, never!


48 posted on 08/26/2013 4:52:19 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“They took the whole Cherokee Nation,
Locked us (?) on this reservation....”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ6RjP7MlXk


49 posted on 08/26/2013 5:04:57 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Defiant

really only true for the southern plains....much of the northern tribes were from the Canadian rockies before coming south into the dakota territory


50 posted on 08/26/2013 2:42:05 PM PDT by Nifster
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