Pictish holiday?

St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, 2021 is the national day of Scotland—Scots, Saunt Andra’s Day—Gaelic, Là Naomh Anndrais. It is 1,000 years old, thought to be a day of slaughter from Samhain—perhaps a Pictish celebration. I dedicate this to David Suddeth, my 8th great-grandfather who was born in Scotland.

Go granny, go!

“The Little Old Lady from Pasadena” was a 1964 hit for Jan & Dean. Sorry, but Granny wasn’t real—part of a 1964 Dodge ad campaign.  If you confuse Jan & Dean with the Beach Boys, don’t feel bad—Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys wrote many of Jan & Dean’s songs.


Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah begins Sunday November 28, ends December 6. I want to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends!

Holiday Treat


Biscuits from Eastern Band, North Carolina

2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes.

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Add liquids, lightly with a fork until mixture holds together. Allow to sit for a few minutes, and then add mashed sweet potatoes. Knead gently until smooth, about 12 times. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick, cut into rounds for biscuits. Bake 425 degrees 10 to 20 minutes (can be fried).


November 26, 2021 is National Native American Heritage Day. I honor all Native Americans, including some of my ancestors: Cherokee, Lumbee, Powhatan, Shawnee, Yuchi.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ulihelisdi ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ they are happy/thankful

Gatsv wigati? ᎦᏨ ᏫᎦᏘ Where are you going?

Wampanoag Thanksgiving!

The Wampanoag met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. The Wampanoag are still around!

Here are a few Wopanaak (Wampanoag) words for Thanksgiving:

Nahenan – turkey

Pôhpukun – pumpkin

Wiwáhcum – corn

Wuyôkuhpwu – dine

Pun – potato

Masqusitash – beans

Pôcumunsh – cranberries 

Kutâputush – thank you

Nasaump, cornmeal porridge—Ancient Wampanoag recipe:  1 cup stone ground flint cornmeal, ⅓ cup small strawberries, ⅓ cup blueberries, 2 TBS crushed black walnuts, 2 TBS crushed hazelnuts, 2 TBS crushed pumpkin seeds, optional maple syrup. Boil in water for 15 minutes. Serve. If allowed to cool and harden, it can be fried as cakes.

Sobaheg—Wampanoag for stew: turkey or venison, mixed beans, hominy, dried onions, cubed winter squash/pumpkin, green beans, pounded sunflower seeds or nuts, green beans, optional clam juice and Jerusalem artichokes.

Puttuckqunnege—Wampanoag boiled bread: Moisten with very hot water and form into patties. Drop into boiling water. Patties rise to the top when cooked. Sweeten with maple syrup. half cup each:  cornmeal, corn flour, dried berries (cranberries, blueberries, currants), crushed nuts/seeds (walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds)

Cherokee Thanksgiving Treat

Cherokee chestnut dish—disquani—ᏗᏍᏆᏂ

Boil 1 qt peeled, hulled chestnuts in 2 cups water and 1 cup honey/maple sugar about 15 min. Mash chestnuts with cooked pinto beans.  Flavor with your choice of ramps, onions, sassafras or sweetgrass (pictured).

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is one of 2 Federally-recognized Wampanoag groups. 3,000 Wampanoag live on a 300-acre reservation. Yes, they and other Wampanoags met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.

Thanksgiving Treat

Cherokee chestnut bread—gadu disquani–ᎦᏚ ᏗᏍᏆᏂ

Boil 1 qt peeled, hulled chestnuts in 2 cups water and 1 cup honey/maple sugar about 15 min. Add chestnuts to 1 qt cornmeal, ½ tsp soda, optional salt—add water to form dough. Wrap in hickory leaves or corn shucks and tie. Drop in boiling water, simmer 1 hour.

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