Living on Mvskoke Time

POME Magazine, Summer 2019 Every human society has ways of marking and tracking the passage of time.  If you’re a citizen, resident, or employee of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, then you’ve probably seen one of the colorful wall calendars featuring Mvskoke names for the months along with other important information.  Recent editions have been produced … Continue reading Living on Mvskoke Time

Reclaiming the Mvskoke Plum

POME Magazine, Spring 2019 Food is a necessity for human survival and a focal point of cultural tradition, as in Hokti’s Recipe Book of Creek Indian Foods. The endless variety of local sustenance can serve as the basis for charting the territories on Planet Earth, including our own remarkable continent. A noteworthy effort to reconceive “America” … Continue reading Reclaiming the Mvskoke Plum

Welcome to Mvskoke Country

POME Magazine, January-March 2019 Like many people in Mvskoke country (and many more in the American South), I grew up eating corn on the cob, white and yellow hominy, homemade cornbread, and the occasional boiled or fried hominy grits.  Vce, which the Europeans called “maize” or simply “Indian corn,” is the quintessential staple of Mvskoke … Continue reading Welcome to Mvskoke Country

Taklik-Tokse / Taklik-Kvmokse

taklik-tokse / taklik-kvmokse "bread-sour" sour cornbread Charles Gibson, 1918 It takes three days to prepare this bread according to the old way. A peck or even more of clean, shelled flint corn is prepared for making a quantity of this bread to have on hand for several meals. The shelled corn is placed in a … Continue reading Taklik-Tokse / Taklik-Kvmokse

Vhv-Cvmpv Taklike

vhv-cvmpv taklike "potato-sweet bread" sweet potato bread Lilah D. Lindsey, 1902 After paring, grate three raw potatoes. To one quart of grated potatoes, add one-and-a-half tablespoons flour, teaspoon of sugar, pinch of black pepper, mix and make into small cakes. Bake as biscuits, but more slowly. The Indian Cook Book, 1933 This bread is made … Continue reading Vhv-Cvmpv Taklike