Choctaw Food: Remembering the Land, Rekindling Ancient Knowledge - 2019 - Hardback - by Ian Thompson - Edited by Kathy Carpenter - Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Choctaw Food tells the story of a group of people and the land. Through hundreds of generations living in the American Southeast, Choctaw ancestors wove the region's landscapes into their language, culture, and food. The foodway that they developed was local and productive. Its dishes were flavorful and healthy. It's food production activities brought the community together in a way that was sustainable on the land. Today, this foodway is one of the most threatened parts of our traditional culture. Yet, it contains timeless insights that have the potential to improve quality of life in the 21st century. The pages of this book delve deep into Choctaw history to bring to light the type of practical knowledge needed to bring Indigenous Choctaw food back to the family dinner table. This story is uniquely Choctaw, and yet, it is connected with the heritage of everyone who has ancestors that lived closely with the land.