No time for an actual post this week, so allow me to whet your appetites and, for some of you at least, lubricate your memories. Today in my American lit class we were discussing a version of the Navajo emergence story — the account of how the Diné came to inhabit this, the Fifth World — and in preparation I found myself tumbling down the modest-sized Navajo rabbit hole on YouTube. I really dug this channel from a guy who teaches you useful phrases in Navajo and this version of the emergence story we were reading. Of course there were a couple vintage films with racist bilagáana narrators. But what I’m really excited to share with you is this two part series on how to make fry bread for Navajo tacos. I can’t even start to explain what a fundamental part of my childhood this food item was. The guest chef on this show is the best.
I’m seriously considering whipping up a batch of these with my students. Navajo tacos play a significant role in anyone else’s early life?
Here’s his recipe for posole. Happy Monday.