Hey, Camp Fans!
The fourth Friday in September marks Native American Day—the day we set aside in honor of the Natives of this country—the original American settlers. With a long past to their culture and peoples, we celebrate Native American Day by learning about their history (NOTE: This day is not called Indian Day, nor should the Natives be referred to as Indians since they were only nicknamed this term due to a confused Christopher Columbus who called them the Indians because he thought he was in India…why we have a holiday for that guy, I have no idea).
In my last post about Native American Day, we learned about the close association summer camp likes to keep with Native American culture as both are closely connected with Mother Nature. Today, I thought I’d present you with three examples of food we enjoy thanks to the Natives and their negotiation with the land and the natural world around them.
Yes, as it appeared during the first Thanksgiving feast, maize—also known as corn—is a cereal grain which was first cultivated around 10,000 years ago by the pre-Columbian peoples of the Americas in southern Mexico.
Sap from maple trees was first harvested and boiled into syrup by the Native Americans. When settlers first came to America in the early 1600s, they were shown the process of making maple syrup just the same as they were shown the cultivation of corn.
Natives See; Natives Do
The Mayans were the first people to try eating the pulp of the cocoa bean and spitting the rest of the bitter bean out as they observed the monkeys doing so. After some time the Mayans realized the benefits of roasting cocoa beans. They eventually ground the beans up and turned it all into a drink—the world’s first hot chocolate!
To Natives all across the land, Everything Summer Camp salutes you and your connection to nature which has brought us many sweet things in life like the foods listed above. We honor you. And, as always, thanks for reading.
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