New Eagle (almost!) and Indian Recipes
Pat Meehan (alf@KGN.IBM.COM)
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 11:59:57 -0400
First off, let me report back on what I've found out about Indian
recipes and gadgets... This was in response to a question I had posed to
this group a couple weeks ago... Thank you to all who have responded to
Recipes: I did not get many of these, but I did get some very helpful
hints on where to look (both library and web).
#1: firstname.lastname@example.org (Haeusers) writes:
I found a procedure for making cattail pancakes the way our local indians,
the Chumash, did. It involved galumphing around
in the swamp, digging up cattail roots. The Chumash would wade around and
feel for the biggest, fattest ones with their feet. We weren't quite that
bold, besides, I think they had cleaner swamps!
The roots grow in a long tuber (or maybe it's a rhizome, I don't know) and
then shoots grow up from the tuber. They are difficult to get; you can
really work up an appetite! We used shovels and sort of chopped them out.
A hatchet may work well, or maybe even a mattux (sp?)
What you get is a wrinkled, mud encrusted thing like a brownish, shriveled,
carrot or parsnip. The chumash scrubbed them and mashed them with a mortar
and pestle. I wasn't satisfied with the scrubbing, so I peeled the (very
tough) skin off. The inside is very fiberous and tough as well. I whizzed
it in the blender.
Next you put a bunch of water in the mash and soak it. I used a gallon
glass jar full with mostly water. Let it sit for hours. I left it
Carefully drain off and discard the water, which will be on top. The
cattail mash sinks. The directions weren't very specific about the recipe
from then on. Most of the Chumash recipes called for acorn flour. Now,
that's a complicated thing to make!
I used a regular home-made (not biskwik) pancake recipe and adjusted it to
accommodate the texture and quantity of the mash. I made hundreds of dollar
sized cakes and everybody at camp, boys and adults, scarfed them up.
They had a taste that was very different, yet very good. We had no butter
or syrup or anything on them in fact.
Also try "Sugared Popcorn" - brown some sugar in a large skillet; add oil &
popcorn - pop & eat. Quite a treat!
Information by others suggested library for Indian Cook books;
the cookbook by Santa Rama Rao (authentic Indian Cookery), also the
NPS (Nat'l Park Service should have information on Indian Cooking and
suggested books... (http://www.nps.gov).
As for gadgets; again suggestions were to check out the local library.
Specifically see Mystic Warriors of the Plains, or Apache by Mails, as well
the NPS may have information also.
One gadget/game was given:
Corncob lawn darts - push a couple large feathers into the pith of corncobs,
and set up a target xxx paces away. throw like lawn darts. Kids love them!
So thanks again...
Now for Item two... My son has (finally) completed all req'ts for Eagle;
a day before his 18th birthday - ugh!!! and Whew!!!. He has not had
the Board of Review but is scheduled in 2 weeks. I was looking through our
troop records - he made life in Feb. of 94 ... he's needed only to do
his project for the past 2+yrs... At first we pushed and pushed... when we
started to get resistance (a lot), I had to resign myself to not saying
anything and hoping he'd pick up the challenge and just do it... for himself.
Well - he did - thankfully... and not counting the time to get approval
for the project and planning, the actually work only took 2 days...
Well that's behind us now, I'm sure many out there have experienced much
the same w/ Scouts in the troop or their own boys... What, if anything
do you do to motivate a Scout who is not necessarily lacking in desire,
but puts Scouting as a priority lower than other things... How do you
motivate them past - Work, friends, sports etc...to fit in this item.
Needless to say it was very frustrating ... I knew he wanted it, just kept
procrastinating... soon he realized it was getting very late... almost too
Also - on the Eagle Application - they request references... I did not
notice anywhere a requirement that letters were to be sent out and had
to be back for the Board of Review... That is how our troop is doing it,
although no hard requirement on the letters being back...but they must
go out... Is this a requirement for the application, or an implied
requirement by leaders because references are asked for?
Thanks and sorry for the long post...
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