By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the Cherokee High School Cultural Program served Indian dinners on Thursday, Nov. 19. The program served to over 400 students, faculty and a few community members who just heard about it through the grapevine.
“We served all of the students and about 80 teachers,” said Alyne Stamper, CHS Cultural Program, “and, a few of them came back twice.”
Stamper went on to say, “November is Native American Month, and we try to do something every week, and this week was native food…we had bean bread, homemade hominy with pinto beans, bear roast with mushrooms and gravy, deer stew, and a homemade sauerkraut.”
“We were supposed to have squirrel, but my hunters didn’t come through so we didn’t have squirrel. We had squirrel last year.”
Funding for the food came from the CHS Cultural Program.
Stamper added, “We try to make them proud of who they are, and some of them don’t eat these foods.”
Daniel Griffin, 12th grade, gave the food a flowering review. “I liked the pinto beans. They were delicious. The bear meat was cooked just right. The sauerkraut was delicious, and the bean bread was good. I liked it with some salt.”
Griffin said his enjoys Indian food at this house regularly. “We had frybread and chili last night.”
He has learned how to make a few of the dishes himself including frybread and chili, pinto beans and sauerkraut.
Summer Wilson, 10th grade, commented, “I wish my family could cook like this.”