"BLT in an American Indian Cuisine."
There was a young man traveling through South Dakota when he decided to veer
of the major highway and go for a slower drive through country highways. He noticed the town of Wounded Knee on his map. The name triggered a memory from his high school
days long ago. He turned west at 44 and headed
The young man carefully navigated his way along the pock-marked road until
reaching Wounded Knee. The road split at the
bas of a small hill. A large green sign with white lettering told of the Wounded Knee
Massacre of 1890. Surrounding the sign were
several craft booths and a shinning new building, called, "Wolf Paw's Dinner - Now
The young man was hungry and head into the dinner for something to eat. He entered the building, and the man behind the
counter called, "Hello, I am Harold Wolf Paw, how can I help you?"
The young man looked over the menu of Buffalo stew, Tanega (buffalo stomach),
Wojapi (fruit compote) in blueberry, chokecherry or blackberry, fry bread, and the one
thing he recognized, a BLT.
"I'll have the BLT with mayo please." Harold Wolf Paw, disappeared
into the kitchen to get his order.
The young man waited patiently for this Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich. He was happy to find something on the menu that he
After a few minutes in the kitchen, Harold smiled and said, "Here you
go, sir," placing the sandwich the young man ordered in front of him. The young man looked over his sandwich, red tomato
and green lettuce surrounded by what appeared to be roast beef.
"Ah, excuse me Harold, but I ordered a BLT not a roast beef
sandwich," to which Harold responded, "Well, that IS a BLT. We do not serve roast beef here."
To which the young man replied, "But this is NOT a BLT."
"Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich?"
Harold exclaimed, "Of course not. You
are in Lakota country, and we serve Lakota food. A
BLT here is Black Lab on Toast!"
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