Twenty five years ago I left behind a broken life and began my travels on the red road. Through many journeys and hours and hours listening to the stories of the elders, both Native and non-Native I began to gather their stories and traditions and from the meals shared with them I recorded their personal favorites into a collection that could be enjoyed by future generations. Thanks to 94 year old Lillian Mack for updating many of the recipes with ingredients that might be found by modern cooks.
This collection of traditional recipes and herbal remedies with some traditional stories for children is dedicated to all the travelers I met as I traveled the pathways of both the dark and the red road. This book is dedicated from my heart to the many elders who shared their recipes and cultural traditions and who embrace their cultures in the ways they live.
It is traditional for First Nation’s people to give thanks, and acknowledge our relationship, to the plants, animals, birds and creatures from the water, to show respect for their giving their spirits in order for others to survive. Traditionally elders say prayers to commemorate this sacrifice at a feast gathering.
During these gatherings the people share their recipes
This collection of traditional recipes, herbal remedies, Stories from Along the Red Road and traditional Native fables for children is dedicated to all the travelers I met as I traveled the pathways of both the dark and the red road. This book is dedicated from my heart to the many elders who shared their spiritual experiences and who embrace their cultures in the ways they live.
“Along the Red Road`` is the personal story of a part Native part White man, who gave up the drugs and alcohol that were destroying his life and began to follow the road to sobriety. These stories represent the author`s personal experiences and interpretations as he traveled the Red Road and searched for the connection between himself and both sides of his ancestral origins.