Frybread Cook-Off

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When and Where:
Sunday, November 7, 2010 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
at Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Special Venue Instructions: free parking available on-site
Nephi Craig, Tony Showa


Event Description:

What is frybread? As with many cultures around the world, Native Americans have an all-purpose flat bread that is a staple of their cuisine. Essentially fried dough made of white flour, sugar and lard (historically, government rations to Native Americans) this “something from nothing” food is revered by many as a symbol Native pride and perseverance. Families and tribes have handed down their recipes orally for generations and fry bread is central to family and social gatherings, including powwows.

Professional chef and Eiteljorg Museum artist in residence Nephi Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo) will introduce fry bread, its history and the many variations that exist within Native American cultures. Then watch participants battle it out for the annual golden frybread award and sample the entries. Watch them cook, ask questions, taste and vote for your favorite. Dough stations will be available to hand handle dough and see it fried.

Conclude with a round dance, emceed by drummer Tony Showa (Navajo). A round dance is a friendship dance performed during powwows and social occasions. Non-Native participants are welcome to join in this traditional dance of easy-to-follow moves performed in a circle.