Courtesy of ICTMN
Fried baloney stuffed fry bread. It’s a real thing.
And a best seller for one pow wow vendor who managed to come up with a winner when trying to beat competitors also selling fry bread at pow wows.
But what else is a traditional best seller at pow wows? ICTMN reporter Autumn Whitefield-Madrano examined the trends beyond fry bread.
Whitefield-Madrano lists four main categories of fare: Fry bread, traditional game, corn, desserts and beverages. Then, there’s everything else:
While fry bread products top pow wow sales, the American part of Native American is in full force. Burgers, cheesesteaks, fries: The hot-and-now foods of American festivals have recently staked a claim on pow wows. “There are fewer native vendors doing this now, so pow wows are looking at outside sources,” says Morseau. “And if you’re at a fairground, the carnival food stands may have a contract with the grounds. I work under a canopy, setting up from scratch every pow wow—it can be hard to compete with those vendors.”
Whether your hand is wrapped around a corn dog or busy balancing an Indian taco, your feet are there to tap and dance to the same thing. But to keep a native rhythm (and dollars flowing to native vendors), you may want to save funnel cakes for the county fair.
Mark Trahant is a writer, speaker and Twitter poet. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and lives in Fort Hall, Idaho. Trahant’s recent book, “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars,” is the story of Sen. Henry Jackson and Forrest Gerard.
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