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  • n. Fried bread; a Native American food, found throughout the Americas, particularly among Native Americans of the Southwestern United States and currently popular among many North American tribes as well as other ethnic groups. It is often an important symbol to Native Americans and is served especially on special occasions. Often made primarily of wheat flour and/or maize (corn) flour leavened by yeast, baking powder, or eggs, or by a combination of these rising agents, and then fried in lard, tallow, or vegetable oil. Probably of pre-Columbian tradition in which cornmeal would have been used.


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  • On Oct. 14, following Democratic Party Indian-reservation rallies involving frybread, Republican Attorney General Marty Jackley warned against food at campaign events, saying it was a potential violation of state and federal law.

    Stephanie Woodard: Food Fight: South Dakota GOP Condemns Democratic Frybread Fests

  • Then, after a quick visit to the neighboring hooghan, a cast-iron skillet showed up on the gas stove, the daughter was patting a round ball of dough, and in short order a basket of warm frybread was ready.

    Yellow Dirt

  • As I sifted between lines for funnel cakes and frybread, I watched an elderly man in an ornate headdress polish off a Frito pie with a big smile on his face.

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  • My 10 y/o is going through a cowboy cooking jag and just fixed his first full meal for us: beans, bacon & frybread.

    In the kitchen with Robb Walsh | Homesick Texan

  • If you could spare a little change to help me find a piece of frybread for my aching belly, it would please the great spirit.


  • The onesies say I'm so cute I must be Indian and Forget the baby food feed me frybread and then she has a Bambi and a Dumbo onesie.

    berrywine Diary Entry

  • Instead, Amat Kyaan rose from her bed, pulled on clean robes, and walked out, leaning on her cane, to the corner stall where a girl from the low towns sold fresh berries wrapped in sweet frybread.

    A Shadow in Summer

  • Amat shifted her schedule in her mind and popped the last of the berry-soaked frybread into her mouth.

    A Shadow in Summer

  • All of us had Navajo frybread, Aboriginal comfort food: stinging hot, delicious, just the thing on a snowy evening.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • While sipping and nibbling, we watched Ami make frybread which was mentioned numerous times in the book.

    Archive 2006-08-01


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