Tipi Heaven

Cherokee Warrior Soup

For around 10 Tipi Dwellers

One gallon of water.

Five pounds of diced Venison or Beef (optional)

10 spring onions with chopped top leaves too

2lbs of peeled tomatoes.

2lbs of roughly diced potatoes.

2 large sweet potatoes or Swedes roughly chopped.

20 spears of fresh chopped asparagus/okra (Not woody)

6 cans of liquidized or mashed sweetcorn. (Do not drain water from can)

A celery plant chopped including top leaves too.

1 lb of green lentils.

4 cloves of garlic crushed with a tablespoon of capers.(a garlic press for both is useful)

2 chilli peppers finely chopped or tabasco or a chilli sauce otherwise used with discretion will do.

3 teaspoons of cracked pepper. Low sea salt to taste.

One half lemon or lime de-pipped.

Grated cheese

Freshly picked dandelion leaves

Food plan:

First Tip: If you decide to add meat lightly sear the meat first in a large wok or firepit pan. Boil lentils separately or until soft, rinse and drain. Now cook all ingredients altogether (except chilli and salt and pepper seasoning until last) in large cauldron over firepit and bring to boil. Simmer for 2-3 hours and serve with grated cheese and freshly chopped dandelion leaves to garnish.

Second Tip: 10 minutes before serving tightly wrap up some chunks of bread in foil with a knob of butter and throw in the firepit for something to dunk later! Don’t burn your fingers getting them out! Use tongs or a skewer and let cool before eating!

Third Tip: Thicken the soup by cooking longer to reduce down if need be. Conversely thin it by adding water. The vegetable soup when left thick and cold (or refrigerated) is a delicious snack with crackers or flatbreads/Pringles/chips to dip in later.

Tipi Heaven

A Cherokee tribesman ready for battle after a bowl of his warrior soup!

By Dennis Gaffney

“Is the term Indian anachronistic, even offensive? What about American Indian? Is the more recent term Native American preferable, or simply more politically correct than proper”?

Wedding Bluesman

I abhor the term Native American, says Lakota activist Russell Means. Ref: pbs.org

“…Moreover, a large number of Indians actually strongly object to the term Native American for political reasons. In his 1998 essay “I Am An American Indian, Not a Native American!”, Russell Means, a Lakota activist and a founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), stated unequivocally, “I abhor the term ‘Native American.'” He continues:

It is a generic government term used to describe all the indigenous prisoners of the United States. These are the American Samoans, the Micronesians, the Aleuts, the original Hawaiians, and the erroneously termed Eskimos, who are actually Upiks and Inupiaqs. And, of course, the American Indian.



Lakota Legend

There was another world before this one. But the people of that world did not behave themselves. Displeased, the Creating Power set out to make a new world. He sang several songs to bring rain, which poured stronger with each song. As he sang the fourth song, the earth split apart and water gushed up through the many cracks, causing a flood. By the time the rain stopped, all of the people and nearly all of the animals had drowned. Only Kangi the crow survived.


The Apache Nation

The Apache Nation. Ref: crystalinks.com

The Apaches were nomadic hunter-gatherers – hunting of wild game and gathering of cactus fruits and other wild plant foods. . They chased any wild game located within their territory, especially deer and rabbits. When necessary, they lived off the land by gathering wild berries, roots, cactus fruit and seeds of the mesquite tree. They planted some corn, beans, and squash as crops. They were extremely hardy prior to the arrival of European diseases, and could live practically naked in zero temperature.


Totem. Ref: cr.nps.gov

Totem. Ref: cr.nps.gov

A totem can be the symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.

Native beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit. (more…)

“The Morning Star”

Morning Star

Morning Star

It was a warm summer’s night and many of the Indians had forsaken their airless tipis to sleep under the open sky among the cool, sweet smelling prairie grass. One, a young girl called Feather Woman, awoke early. It was not yet dawn and the morning star had just begun to rise above the distant horizon. The girl propped herself on one elbow and watched the star as it climbed steadily into the dark sky. She thought that she had never seen anything quite so beautiful.

‘I love the morning star,’ she whispered to herself. ‘How clear and bright it is! If only I could find a husband half as handsome as that star, how happy I should be!’ Her loving gaze followed the star until it faded into the paler light of the coming day. (more…)

Blackfoot Tipi. Ref: legendsofamerica.com

Blackfoot Tipi. Ref: legendsofamerica.com

Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts. – Hopi

Day and night cannot dwell together. – Duwamish

It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand. – Apache

They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind. – Tuscarora

All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. – Arapaho

Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand. – Tribe Unknown.

Before eating, always take time to thank the food. – Arapaho