For many Native Americans, fry bread is tasty, nostalgic – and complicated

By KATE NELSON, Conde Nast Traveler 

This is part of Breaking Bread, a collection of stories that highlights how bread is made, eaten, and shared around the world.

Across the United States, fry bread is hands-down the most ubiquitous Native American food. For tribal communities, the crispy circle of pillowy deep-fried dough represents many seemingly contradictory concepts: love, comfort, celebration, community, survival, colonialism, oppression, tragedy. At best, the so-called Indian taco is a complicated symbol of Indigenous resilience passed down from one generation to the next. At worst, it’s a relic of cultural genocide, a contributor to marked health disparities, and a factor in the falsehood that Native culture is a monolith…

Read the full Conde Nast Traveler article here.