Some frybread food politics to start your week!

The controversial frybread truck at South by Southwest 2022. (courtesy Ed Helms)

I recently sat on a panel at SXSW with food journalist extraordinaire Hanna Raskin. Today she writes about some Eastern Band of Cherokee entrepreneurs who are considering some weighty food politics involving their frybread businesses. It’s a great story, and the title alone should whet your appetite: “Frybread trucks rise up in western NC. But one Cherokee owner says non-Native eaters are still wary of dish.”

Raskin is graciously letting Indigenous Wire readers check out the whole piece for free via this link, so chime in with your own Native-focused food issues she might think about covering.

I commented the below on her piece, and I have no doubt she’ll continue to explore Indian Country cuisine — and related cultural and political issues — in the future:

Awesome story, Hanna. As a side note, I'm always interested to see how tribal casinos choose to incorporate culture, including cuisine, into their ventures. Some folks are adamant that tribal culture should be separate from casinos, for perhaps obvious reasons; others insist casinos can help elevate the knowledge of tribal culture to non-Indigenous visitors. Generally, it feels like non-Native people, if they know a casino is Native owned, expect some level of "tribalness" presented to them as part of the experience, but I'm not sure how much they care whether it is authentic. This piece starts to get into that idea, and I would selfishly love to see you explore it more (with food as your gateway to the stomach and mind) in the future. The Food Section is always delicious, and it's nice to see you include Indian Country in your important work.

I’m working on a couple of pieces this week that I hope are delicious in different ways, but Raskin’s piece is too good not to share with you right now, and I didn’t want to forget to do it later in the week. Eat it up, Wiredians!

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