By Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall
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Their dress, consisting only of shirts, leggins, and moccasins, is of skins; their leather shields, horse equipment, and camping tents are of the same material. Their foresight in supplying provisions shows them to be industrious, for there is no house in which at present there may not be seen four or five vessels full of maize, each one estimated at four and a half fanegas besides a great quantity of beans and calabashes. They preserve the latter from year to year, weaving them curiously like mats.
Before we taste food we always wash our hands: indeed our cleanliness on all occasions is extreme; but on this it is an indispensable ceremony. After washing, libation is made, by pouring out a small portion of the food, in a certain place, for the spirits of departed relations, which the natives suppose to preside over their conduct, and guard them from evil. They are totally unacquainted with strong or spirituous liquours; and their principal beverage is palm wine. This is gotten from a tree of that name by tapping it at the top, and fastening a large gourd to it; and sometimes one tree will yield three or four gallons in a night.
On and on, up and over the brow of the hill she climbed, till she reached the young chieftain’s side. Then Corn Plume turned and beheld the most beautiful maiden he had ever seen. Her eyes were deep and dark, like mountain pools. Her breath was sweet as the waters of the maple. She threw off her blanket of green, and purple, and white, and stretched her twining arms to him. Foundational Food 7 Corn Plume desired to keep Bean Maiden forever close to him. He bent his tall plumed head to her. Her arms wound round and round the young chieftain, and Corn Plume was content.
American Appetites: A Documentary Reader by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall