Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians; An Indian Interpretation Volume 9

Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians; An Indian Interpretation Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...was rubbed over with boiled pounded-corn meal; and she added this rather humorous variation of the recipe above: "This mush, or boiled, pounded-corn meal was made thus: "A clay pot was three-quarters filled with water and put on the fir? to boil. Meanwhile, twelve double handfuls of corn were pounded in the corn mortar; usually we pounded three or four double handful at a time. This began after breakfast; it was work and made us women sweat. The corn was hard, ripe corn, yellow or white. "These twelve double handfuls were thrown into the pot of now boiling water, and boiled for half an hour. As there was no gTease in the pot, we had to stir the contents with a smooth stick to keep from sticking. "As the corn boiled a scummy substance would rise to the top. To this the woman cooking would touch the point of her horn spoon, and carry it to her tongue and lick it off. When she could taste that it was sticky enough, she knew that it was time to add beans. It took, as I have said, about half an hour for the corn to boil to this point. "She now added some spring salt. This is alkaline salt which we gathered about the mouth of springs. It was white. The woman put some of this salt in a cup and made a strong liquor--in old times instead of a cup she used a horn spoon. She now added the salt liquor to the mess. It took about enough of this white salt to make a heaping tablespoonf ul to one pot of this corn mess. As the salt liquor was poured into the pot, the woman held her hand over the mouth of the cup, so that if any pieces of grass or other refuse were in it, they would be strained out by her fingers. "The corn when it is pounded does not pound evenly; and so when it was put into the pot, the finer part of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236764986
  • 9781236764980