Jun 24, 2011

Ga-do di-gv-tsa-la-nv-hi a-yv-wi-ya

Any visitor to Tucson must see San Xavier del Bac. Towering above southeast Tucson, the Moorish-inspired architecture provides a peaceful and elegant setting. The famous missionary Father Eusebius Kino started the mission in 1692 but the present structure wasn't completed until 1797. I try to get to the mission any time I can, but not because of its beauty. Not because of its rich culture and history. Not because it is a place where people have worshipped God for centuries. No I go for the Indian Fry Bread!

Every time I go to the San Xavier mission, there is an Indian Fry Bread vendor in the parking lot. Now in case you have never tried Indian Fry Bread, let me try to explain it to you. It is dough deep fried in fat. It is then covered with sugar or honey. One Indian Fry Bread probably has more calories than a supersize meal at McDonalds, yet I can't help myself.

The legend of Indian Fry Bread is really fascinating. Apparently early in the history of the United States the government moved the Native Americans from various places across the southwest to reservations. The government supplied fat, flour, salt, yeast, baking soda and powdered milk. Indian Fry Bread became a staple food from these ingredients. Today, there is an almost sacred element to fry bread and apparently it is served at PowWows.

According to one website, the Navajo word for Fry Bread is Ga-do di-gv-tsa-la-nv-hi a-yv-wi-ya. That's more syllables than letters! No wonder the World War II Navajo Code Talkers were so successful. Dinner conversations must have taken hours. Oh well, more time to savor fry bread.

My mouth began to water for Indian Fry Bread when I read a recent story out of Del Mar, California. A man named Charlie Boghosian has apparently spent the last two decades playing around with new fat-fried delectables at the San Diego County Fair. This year he has mixed KoolAid with fry bread batter to create KoolAid bread balls. I guess they are the talk of the fair. Oh my.

I wonder if there will be Fry Bread in Heaven? I guess we'll have to wait and see. At least I know that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, someday we'll walk the streets of gold. Maybe , just maybe, there'll be a KoolAid fry bread stand. Now that would be heaven!


Pastor David Hook

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