Hi Native Ketoman! I’m a Washington State Makah Native, living in New York City. I appreciate the fry bread recipe!
My mother was taken from her mother as an infant and raised in the Chemawa Catholic Indian Boarding School. She was beaten regularly for being Indian and additionally for being left handed. As a result she was ambidextrous, alcoholic, and abusive. We, her five children grew up feeling worthless and unloveable.
My mother was not able to articulate the pain she endured and the self-loathing beaten into her and as a result we, her children believed about ourselves, what she was taught to believe about herself. It’s only as an adult that I’ve began to learn about the cultural genocide of the Indian boarding schools “kill the Indian, keep the man” was the logo used to promote the schools.
I have a joke my mother liked to tell…What do you get when you cross a donkey and an onion? A piece of ass that will bring tears to your eyes!