2 tablespoon grease (butter, bacon dripping, or vegetable oil)
Extra grease for frying
Place the cornmeal, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
Stir in the grease and the milk.
Form into 8 bullet-shape rolls.
Heat the cooking grease in a heavy skillet. When piping hot, add the corn dodgers.
Brown on one side.
Turn and brown on the other.
June 12, 2019
The Rodeo: Never Give Up!
There are 3 types of roping events featured at most rodeos: Calf (Tie-down), Breakaway, and Team (Heading and Heeling) Roping.
These highlight the specific skills a cowboy needs to capture cattle for branding, tagging, medical, and other purposes.
Cowboys use looped ropes called lariats or lassos. They are thrown on the heads of young steers, and over the horns and back legs of larger animals.
The oldest timed event in rodeo competition is Calf or Tie-down Roping. Here, the cowboy ropes a running steer, dismounts, throws the calf on the ground, and ties three of its feet together. His horse slowly backs up to help keep the lariat tight.
Breakaway Roping is primarily for women, and boys under 12 years of age. In this variant of the above event, a short, flagged rope is tied lightly to the saddle horn with string. When the calf is caught around the neck, the horse stops and the rope breaks free. The calf runs on without being thrown down or tied up.
Team Roping demonstrates the joint skills needed for Heading and Heeling. It is the only event where women and men often work together. One rider (the header) catches a full-grown running steer by the horns, while their partner (the heeler) lassos the animal’s hind legs. Once the bull is captured, the riders face each other and lightly pull both ropes taut. Yee haw!
June 11, 2019
Chief Seattle Speaks: Three
“There was a time when our people covered the land
as the waves of a wind-ruffled sea cover its shell-paved floor,
but that time long since passed away with the greatness of tribes
that are now but a mournful memory.”
June 10, 2019
25 Facts: The Crow
The Crow Nation.
The word Crow comes from the people’s description of themselves — Apsaalooke or Absaroka — meaning Children of the Large-beaked Bird, which was widely interpreted as The Crow.
Their world was created by the tricksters, Old Man Coyote. He gave the first people their language, prayers, ceremonies, laws, and clan system.
The Crow are a matrilineal society with thirteen named clans.
They are the only village with a Tobacco Society among the clans.
Their original homeland was in Canada, but they were pushed into Montana and Wyoming by rival bands.
At first they lived in static earthen lodges.
Their traditional farming lifestyle changed radically when they acquired horses in the early Eighteenth Century. Thereafter, they became nomadic buffalo hunters who adopted the four-pole tipi.
Crow tipis were typically unpainted and were transported on horse-drawn travois.
They hunted buffalo, elk, and deer.
Crow women decorate their dresses with distinctive elk-tooth designs on the front and back.
They were prohibited from interacting with others during menstruation.
They rarely practiced basketry, pottery, or weaving.
Warriors secure a life-long spirit guide through a vision quest, where they are given their individual medicine bundle for protection.
Crow members have access to the spirit world through their guardian spirits or medicine fathers.
They traditionally relied on herbalists for medicinal cures, and on their medicine bundles for spiritual advice and healing.
The Crow practice Sun Dances and Peyote Meetings as part of their religious system.
A leader was expected to perform a series of coups – touching an enemy in combat, stealing a horse, taking an enemy’s weapon, and leading a war raid.
Inter-tribal conflicts and rivalries sometimes resulted in armed fighting.
In the old days, the Crow were a polygamous people with a casual system of marriage and divorce.
The berdache tradition (cross-gender identification) was common, but often non-sexual. They were thought of as the two-spirit people.
The Crow were enemies with the Blackfeet, Cheyenne, and Sioux.
They use buffalo or sheep horns to fashion a sinew-back bow used for hunting and warfare.
The Shoshone and Hidatsa were allies, and the Crow generally got on well with the whites.
After the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868 they were confined to a substantial-sized reservation.
In modern times, the Crow have been heavily influenced by Catholicism.