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The Native Foods Of Thanksgiving

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"Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness"
The Mexican dish posole includes indigenous ingredients of hominy, meat, chili peppers and avocados.

Eating "pre-contact" plants and animals the week of Thanksgiving highlights the growing movement for food sovereignty.

Few of the foods present when the Pilgrims of Plymouth colony invited members of the Wampanoag tribe to a harvest feast bear any resemblance to what's found on the holiday table of today. A guide to the foods that sustained native peoples of the Americas for millennia before Europeans arrived and how bringing those back is preserving indigenous cultures.

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