NATIVE AMERICAN: Fry bread.

Indian Taco, sitting on a piece of frybreadMany tribes share the tradition of fry bread, a dough which is deep fried. The tradition of making fry bread began when Indian people were placed on reservations and had to rely on government rations-often no more than flour, salt, sugar, and corn oil. Fry bread is a common sight at powwows and other intertribal gatherings.

Powwows as social events bring people home to the reservation and attract visiting dancers from all over. You can get an "Indian taco"-fry bread loaded with beef, cheese, onion and sour cream-at almost any powwow, whether it's in Wisconsin, Oklahoma or Arizona. Fry bread is held in common by Indian nations across North America, and for that reason it has become a symbol of intertribal unity.

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Last Updated: April 28, 2003