This week’s Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ topic “ancient foods: squash and pumpkins” is a tribute to our ancestors Chief Powhatan and Princess Nicketti, our direct line. As we look forward to Thanksgiving in the coming month, we can reflect back on the first Thanksgivings along the James River in Jamestown, the land of the Powhatan Confederacy. Thanksgivings were celebrated among Native Americans long before colonists arrived. During the first Thanksgiving festivities among the Powhatan and the Jamestown colonists, squash and pumpkins were an element of their meal. Their thanksgiving meal included the following:
Meats: Deer, Turkey, Duck, Goose, Rabbit, Chicken
Seafood: Fish, Shrimp, Clams, Oysters, Scallops, Crab, Lobster
Vegetables: Corn, Beans, Squash, Pumpkins, Wild Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Cabbage, Collards,
Fruits: Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Grapes, Plums, Raspberries
Other: Walnuts, Acorns, Pecans, Sunflowers, Grain Breads, Grits, Eggs, Cheese
Learn in this video everything you didn’t know about this amazing food staple and the old ways in which is developed, was grown, used and preserved by those who came before us.
Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ is a free weekly virtual learning experience designed for adults and their family (children) alike. Our hope is to inspire people to reconnect with their past and kindle a passion for the old “made by hand” ways of doing things. Country wisdom, indigenous knowledge, heritage ways are the things we examine each week (each new video is released Fridays at 10am.). At the end of each weekly experience we propose activities you can do within your own family and home that brings this topic to life for you and the ones you love most. It is designed to be fun and educational at the same time. This week we look at the ancient foods of squash and pumpkins as we move into harvest season with halloween and pumpkin carving and then Thanksgiving. This topic is perfectly fitted for family activities and learning over the next six weeks.
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