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Author Berzok, Linda Murray.
Title American Indian food / Linda Murray Berzok.
Imprint Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005.

Author Berzok, Linda Murray.
Series Food in American history, 1552-8200
Food in American history. 1552-8200
Subject Indians of North America -- Food.
Indians of North America -- Ethnobotany.
Food habits -- North America.
Plants, Cultivated -- North America.
Plants, Useful -- North America.
Diet -- history.
Feeding Behavior -- ethnology.
Food -- history.
Cooking -- history.
Indians, North American -- history.
North America.
Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 213 pages) : illustrations, map.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-206) and index.
Contents Food, history, and culture -- Foodstuffs -- Food preparation, preservation and storage -- Food customs -- Food and religion -- Concepts of diet and nutrition.
Summary This, the first, in-depth survey of Native American Indian foodways is an amazing chronicle of both human development over thousands of years and American history after the European invasion. It sheds light not only on this group and their history but on American food culture and history as well. For thousands of years an intimate relationship existed between Native Americans and their food sources. Dependence on nature for subsistence gave rise to a rich spiritual tradition with rituals and feasts marking planting and harvesting seasons. The European invasion forced a radical transformation of the indigenous food habits. Foodways were one of the first layers of culture attacked. Indians were removed from their homelands, forced to cultivate European crops such as wheat and grapes, new animals were introduced, and the bison, a major staple in the Great Plains and West, was wiped out. Today, American Indians are trying to reclaim many of their food traditions. A number of their foodways have become part of the broader American cookbook, as many dishes eaten today were derived from Native American cooking, including cornbread, clam chowder, succotash, grits, and western barbecue.
Note Description based on print version record.
ISBN 9781429472920 (electronic bk.)
1429472928 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 162151933
Additional Format Print version: Berzok, Linda Murray. American Indian food. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005 0313329893 (DLC) 2004027858 (OCoLC)57169926

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