Native American Week Part 1

In honor of Indigenous People Day, we celebrated various Native American tribes at the toddler/preschool age program at Lilypad. The children and their adults looked at pictures of children from different nations including Zuni and Oneida to Nez Perce and Taino, and lots of animals and landscapes. We read The Story of the Milky Way-A Cherokee Tale by Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Ross and looked through the book Native Homes by Bobbi Kalman, which lead to some building of our own with blocks.

When we read about igloos, we learned that despite there being a fire in the igloo, the food was served raw. Some of the kids were disgusted and then surprised to find out that the raspberries we were about to eat were also raw! The other snack we had was not raw, but also not as exciting to everyone: Stew Seminole Inspired Possum Grape Dumplings from A Kid’s Guide to Native American History, which might be my new favorite book. Some thought they were meatballs, others maybe thought they looked like mini brains, but one little guy couldn’t stop eating them. Everyone was happy to share!

Stew Seminole-Inspired Possum Grape Dumplings

2 cups of flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon melted butter

A pretty big jar of grape juice (you will use all of it!)

Tools: apron (grape juice stains!), mixing bowl, large pot, wooden spoon,

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in the mixing bowl with your wooden spoon.

Add the melted butter and 1 cup of grape juice. Mix together and form dough. It will be purple!

Pour the rest of the grape juice into the large pot and bring that to a boil on the stove.

Rip off pieces of dough and make into balls.

Drop the dough balls into the boiling grape juice. This will turn them into dumplings.

When the dumplings rise to the top of the grape juice, remove them with the wooden spoon.

Place the dumplings in a bowl and let them cool off. Once all the dumplings are removed, pour the leftover grape juice onto the dumplings.

Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Eat right away or keep them in the fridge for a few days. Enjoy!