Fry bread. Tons of fry bread. Fry
bread with greasy chili, topped with
shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce,
tomatoes and salsa. Fry bread
with homemade blueberry jam. Fry
bread dipped in maple syrup, just
for fun. Fry bread when there is no
real bread in the house. Or when
you are feeling lonely for home,
make some fry bread.
What is with all the fry bread? Or as
they say out west Ė Bannock? Who
wants bannock? Health conscience
NDNs will opt for bannock because
it is not deep fried in canola oil
which, by the way, is genetically
modi? ed. Bannock is supposed
to be more healthy because itís
not deep fried. Both are the same
ingredients but just prepared
differently. Some just say Ė scone.
And itís all the same.
The pow wow trail is notorious for
bad food choices. Here is a look at
the pow wow menu:
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices of
bacon or sausages, fried potatoes,or sausages, fried potatoes,
fry bread and coffee or tea.
Lunch: 1 NDN taco with french fries
and a soda pop.
Snack: fry bread with butter and a
Supper: 1 buffalo burger stuffed
between a sliced piece of fry bread
with french fries and a soda pop.
Dessert: fry bread with blueberry
jam or peanut butter and raspberry
jam and a coffee or tea.
Snack: a bag of potatoe chips and
a blue sno-cone. Or another piece
of fry bread.
Thatís just one day. If you are at
a pow wow for a whole weekend,
you better be packing some rolaids,
tums or some fresh mint. Sadly,
this is the typical food variety that
you could expect at any pow wow.
Food stands lined up side by side
smelling of grease. NDNs bellies
poking each other in the back while
in the line up. Kids running high on
sugar from Sno-Cones, surprise
bags and soda pop.
Itís the fry bread trail. Itís the
grease trail. Health should be
taken seriously in our First Nations communities seeing how itís
booming with diabetes and obesity
but no, health takes the back seat
on the Pow Wow Trail. Thank
goodness there were some sockeye
salmon barbequing on racks around
the ? re at the Squamish pow wow.
Salmon is a more appropriate food
choice that re? ects a natural West
Coast diet. A traditional diet is a
valuable insight to better health.
Imagine a world ? lled with wild rice,
venison, moose, goose, partridge,
roots, berries, pickeral, sockeye,
whale, corn, beans and squash.
Imagine having access to these
foods on a regular basis. Instead
of pushing a shopping cart with
one wiggly wheel down aisles and
aisles of prepackaged, bleached,
canned, packed with preservatives,
genetically modi? ed, nuke and
bake, deep fry, shake and bake,
just add (boiled or cold) water and
serve, msg, the second ingredient
These are the choices we have to
make when checking off items on a
grocery list for a post colonial feast.