Friday, November 25, 2016

184. Robert B. Caldwell, Jr., Part 2. Choctaw-Apache Foodways.

184.  Part 2 of our interview with Robert B. Caldwell, Jr. Robert Caldwell, part 2. Robert is the author of Choctaw-Apache Foodways, which covers the Native American food of his home in Northwest Louisiana. The book is more than a collection of recipes; he also goes into the history and culture behind the food. Choctaw-Apache foodways are influenced by numerous cultural regions and ecological niches (river bottomland, southern forests, plains, desert) along the Camino Real de los Tejas (northeastern Mexico, Texas, Louisiana) and the culture region of the U.S. Southeast, as well as hundreds of years of cultural interactions between so-called “old world” and indigenous groups. The cuisine developed from a longstanding cultural exchange between tribes of the southwest and southeast, and the colonial-era Spanish and French.  These multiple food influences crossed cultural boundaries in the 18th and early 19th century to blend into a distinctive local cuisine that serves as an ethnic marker that sets this American Indian community apart from surrounding groups.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. November 26, 1729. Natchez Indians killed 300 Frenchmen at Ft. Rosalie.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. November 26, 1915.  100 years ago, and ostrich farm on City Park Ave. closed. The hope had been that people would pay to see the bird and their eggs, and that the owners could sell the feathers.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens
    November 26th, 2016 - December 31st, 2016
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Rip Van Winkle Gardens
    5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd.,
    New Iberia, LA 70560
    Rip Van Winkle Gardens
    Tours of the Joseph Jefferson Home and Rip Van Winkle Gardens decorated for the Holiday Season.
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