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Native American students to cook, serve Navajo Fry Bread

November 13, 2007 12:00AM

Members the Native American Student Association at Pittsburg State University will be giving away a tasty sample of their heritage this week.

The group will be baking and giving away fry bread, a traditional Navajo food, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at a table set up on the Oval. The bread will be cooked fresh with portable fryers brought out for the event.

Made primarily of lard and wheat flour, the flat bread became a staple in Native American cuisine in the 1800s. After the Navajos were imprisoned in New Mexico in the 1860s, the United States government eventually began providing them with some basic ingredients through a commodities program. With few ingredients, the Navajo women began making the bread, which is still a traditional food today in Arizona and New Mexico.

The free bread will be made by NASA students. For more information, contact Brandon Plott at 620-231-2264.

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