Native Cooking

Golden sacred corn

Dear Nidobak,

The glorious time of year we wait for is here and we can revel and play in this warmth and sunshine! So many foods we grow are now ready for us to pick, prepare and enjoy.

The first one that comes to mind for July and into August is CORN, the sacred Mother Corn followed closely by TOMATO. When I went to find the Abenaki word for corn, not surprisingly I found 38 variations! There are 98 words for water so I was not astonished. Because maize is not self-sowing it depends on human distribution. I find this endearing.

Few foods are as exclusively Native American. There are five main...