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Cooking Kanuchi, A Cherokee Tradition

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Cherokee National Treasure Edith Knight knows a lot about cooking. She shares the story of her youth, growing up and falling in love in the Cherokee Nation and her recipe for the traditional favorite: kanuchi.
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elyb (10 hours ago)
All that you share is a treasure. Your dresses are so beautiful.  My mother was part Cherokee from Kentucky and she told us that her 5th grade teacher told her to be proud of her heritage, which made an impression on her because I knew it was still hard in those days. Thank you for sharing your story.
Mary C (5 days ago)
You could starve to death pickin out hickory nuts 😁more shell than nut and thick shell at that!
Susan Ray (18 days ago)
Hey that was great. A beautiful soul.
Vessy Mink (18 days ago)
I love you!!!!
Josh Posh (18 days ago)
Geez I hope she still alive
Tamara Bossler (19 days ago)
This is a beautiful woman & great soul ❤️
Yeshuamysavior1 (25 days ago)
She had a blessed life and passed it on to others
Mike Rodgers (26 days ago)
Did she just grind the meat of the nut or was she grinding up the inner shell too?
Sandy Dallas (6 days ago)
Mike Rodgers She ground both and then strained it a few times to remove the shells, I believe that's what she said.
Diane Lewis (1 month ago)
Beautiful story,I'm making me some.yum
Ever Changing Me (1 month ago)
Interesting... I enjoyed listening & learning about all of this. Thank you!
icecreamlady driver (1 month ago)
Why can't we all be more like this dear lady?
vulkein (1 month ago)
So they grind the nuts and the shells together too? You eat the shells too?
ThaJuan (1 month ago)
where's your food, is where you stand.
What a lovely, special, sweet, talented lady!! ❤🙏
Toggie Rodriguez (1 month ago)
This video is very precious to me and it makes me miss my grandparents! Thank you for sharing!
Barbara Powell (2 months ago)
Hickory nuts = WALNUTS .
vivian jeffries (2 months ago)
I love kanuchi….with rice or hominy.....sugar, salt or not.....it's wonderful....!!
pennys page (2 months ago)
Yes ma'am we Cherokee are strong.. much love..wado
Iahel Cathartes Aura (2 months ago)
My great grandmother was approximately half Cherokee & her last name was Knighten. Here in Asheville, NC, western mountains. I don't want to "claim" anything... I just don't want any of this to die away from this world.
Deanna B (2 months ago)
Miigwetch kookum for the knowledge... Creator bless you
Sheila Dang (3 months ago)
I am going to try that recipe minus the rice, perhaps I'll use a sprouted seed of some type to mix my nuts in 🌺 much thanks for sharing
Lyle Johnson (3 months ago)
It is not right to stop Native Americans from speaking thier language.
Geri Brandon (3 months ago)
Miss Smith. God Bless you. You remind me of my Grandmother Pearson-Yancey. Your food we ate a lot of. Poke salid with Egg. Your meat you was cooking in that cast iron skillet looked so good..We use to eat hickory nuts, and Black walnuts. Sure wish I knew more about My Family. My great grandmother was full blood. Her last name was Morgan. Love this video.
kenneth smith (3 months ago)
I love hickory nuts
Harold Harold (3 months ago)
the thing is everybody's language and culture changes all the time to suit what is available at the time and the easiest way to live ..Im  English and if I lived 300 years ago the English you and I speak would be hard for them to understand and 600 years ago what we speak would be gibberish and we would be eating mostly grain of some description if we could get it. . and most of us dead by 45 from sickness or wars and nobody realy wants to go back to that but dream of a past that was just a moment in time that is known about but know body really knows how it was but just how they think it was  and think it must have been better
ghostt girl ghostt spook (3 months ago)
my grandfather was Cherokee, from Oklahoma.
Chantel Smoot (4 months ago)
She look like my granny
Melissa Dodson (4 months ago)
This makes my heart happy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Cbic (4 months ago)
Jennifer Loren is Hot!!
Suzanne (4 months ago)
This is a cool recipe come check out the recipes on our page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpq3qfwV_Qw1GwYBbUEYU4g
Лена д (4 months ago)
Tiana Sixkiller (5 months ago)
I miss kanuchi SO MUCH. Our traditional foods are so important for us to preserve. Like our language, our amscetral foods are also a part of who we are that make up the WHOLE of WHO we are. I miss being in the kitchen with my grandmother's making OUR food. It was tradition for them to tell stories and sharing memories of the past about how it was in thier time growing up. Stories about thier own mothers and the things they did in keeping with our traditions. How they made beds, pillows, blankets the old way. How it was tradition that before the girls got married and left home how the mother's would make these items and give them to thier daughters for thier new lives in thier new homes. They would tell stories to of the husbands building their marriage homes the traditional Cherokee way. And the recipes! Not just for foods, but for medicines. Many of these things I still use today. I am so happy they taught me how, and put into me the importance of learning. These things have actually helped me during the worst moments of my life, and through many illnesses. They taught me how to survive and to do it real well. I never fear when times are lean. With this knowledge, I KNOW me and mine will make it even if the WHOLE of society fails. ****Any young Cherokee girls out there who might be reading this and think the old ways are silly and outdated*****There is need of this knowledge being passed to you. It is important for the preservation and continuity of our people in SO many ways! 1) If any bad things happen in your life, these ways will help you make it through. The memories of your grandmothers will save you and your future families. The old way teaches you MANY lessons and becomes a part of who you will be when you become a woman and a mother. Honor the elders and listen to them. Honor our people, traditions, culture, and our languages. It isn't just our tribal identity, it's who we are as individuals inside the tribal identity. Each one of you who learns it takes a role in ensuring OUR survival as a tribal people. Learn these ways and keep them with you. Stay connected to it deeply. Know that there are not many full bloods left. That is very threatening, AND problematic to our people. I am a mixed woman. I think about it from the stand point of a registered mixed woman of our beautiful Cherokee Nation. It is sad for me. Many of the women before us felt they had no choice BUT to assimilate. Sometimes it meant their lives if they didn't. Some had no choice at all. It was FORCED on them. It was part of an old plan to kill the Indian, save the man and that agenda is STILL in force today. Us mixed people had no choice of what's in our gene pools. That was decided for us because of that agenda to assimilate and destroy the tribal peoples. If you are a full blood, please, take it in your heart to stay that way. I pray that you do listen. YOU girls today are the future and survival of our tribe and YOU are so important. This message does not come to you from a racially hateful place in my soul, it comes from the love of our ancestors before us and the hopes they had for us to survive and always be the principle people. I like everyone in the world, but we need our tribe to always be and never dissapear from this earth. No matter what the tribes do, You are the ONLY ones with the power to preserve and save our people. I can't even impress that importance onto you in a way that is adequate. It is very urgent. Peace, love, and many blessings to all you young Cherokee girls. You are the future mothers of an entire race of people and the only ones who can ensure that we will ALWAYS be the Cherokee Nation. Though my genes didn't give me the chance, I will use the Cherokee in me to encourage ALL of you girls. Always be proud that you are also American citizens, but first and MOST importantly, you are Cherokee Nation Citizens. You ARE the tribe. ❤❤❤
cgtravers (6 months ago)
You ARE a treasure!
JL Caius (6 months ago)
Would it be traditional to use rice? Was rice here before colonization by Europeans?
Jessica Hamilton (5 months ago)
Jonathan Case my great grandmother used whatever rice was on hand. Sometimes white, but mainly the one with brown flecks. I forget the name. We just called it wild rice. And after 1-2 days of leftovers, she would make this with sugar and what I know now to be nuts. She hid how she made the "brown juice" as I called it. She was assimilated and under the radar, ...so we lost a lot of culture when she passed. I'm still looking for her noodles recipe, as seen at the end here.
Kathy Paaaina (6 months ago)
Aloha I see your loving spirit Mahalo for your gifts of love and Charity and being born hugs and prayers to you from me
Crankbait Baron (7 months ago)
I'm so glad I clicked to watch this video, thank you for sharing
dee sha (7 months ago)
Makes my heart so happy she makes me think of my gran I miss her so much .. Her spirit is so sweet
Linda Glendenning (7 months ago)
Be true to your roots, Jews.
Ndn Rose (7 months ago)
Jayson Williams (7 months ago)
brilliant - Anthony Bordain get her on the show and do a shoe on traditional native American food - this is fascinating
Tanner Herzman (7 months ago)
Cherokee have an interesting complexion and features probably due to the fact that many are mixed
Viru Sinstall (8 months ago)
a rice dish learned from her european mother is a cherokee tradition? I will remember this next time an indian starts crying about the pale faces
Stephen Dise (17 days ago)
Rice and sugar were not available to native AMERICANS. Some cultural appropriation has occurred
Corey Still (2 months ago)
The traditional recipe calls for lye ash hominy. However, when Cherokees and other tribal peoples were restricted and forced from their ancestral lands items such as rice were given as commodities to substitute the lack of being able to have access to many of their traditional foods. Over time this dish has been made a number of ways but still holds its traditional origins to the Indigenous people of this country.
Viru Sinstall (8 months ago)
I have nothing against her, her mother, or her recipe. The point is that she and her recipe prove we are brothers and should live that way.
leannsmarie (8 months ago)
Don't be so ignorant. Kanuchi is definitely a traditional Cherokee food. Just because she learned it from her mother does not mean it is not a traditional Cherokee food item. Originally it was a drink made from the pounded Hickory nuts. The addition of rice, or hominy, came later. Some cooks add sugar, like in the video, and some prefer salt instead. Nowadays it is served like a soup.
Allen Brock (8 months ago)
I wish I knew how to track my Indian Heritage all I know is my grandpa's name was Arthur Philip Wadley at least that's what I was told,,, will have to check into ancestry.com or myheritage.com genealogy just can't afford it right now
Native Irish (8 months ago)
Great video! Thank you!
Glenda David (8 months ago)
Makes me cry, I was Picked on at school as I was different looking and one one called me Glenda they called me Hey Little Indian girl. I had a awful school life. Being part Cherokee and Greek mix I really looked Am Cherokee and was picked on awful. I learned from that and I am a Better person. I don't break easy. Great Lady
wrongway213 (8 months ago)
thank you for sharing... it is good that heritage be passed on to others . you are a great person
Doug Yoakum (8 months ago)
this is amazing
Eusunt Dac (9 months ago)
Amazing video - thank You for sharing!
Kathy Ann Knight (9 months ago)
Some of the food you are talking about iS what I grew up on
Rally Benz (9 months ago)
I like it
CD (9 months ago)
What a beautiful woman!
hog headtb (9 months ago)
Thank you Mrs. Knight and Osiyo TV, my Granny was so proud of her Cherokee heritage and tried to teach me all she could.  She was so awesome.
Guy Johnson (10 months ago)
Sarah Haley (10 months ago)
See I'm Cherokee but from my great great great great grandparents and some on my other side of family. Not much but I still wish I could get in touch of that part of me it's so interesting I wish I could go back in time and meet them it would be my dream to go to a reservation and meet my very very very distant family that cane from my grandparents
Nancy Baldwin (10 months ago)
Beautiful story. Good to remember traditional foods. What plants can be used. Hopefully it will be used.
Vienna Mcnab (11 months ago)
That ol lady is ugly as fuck
it's NAWAF (11 months ago)
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GIFPES (11 months ago)
Very interesting, yet neither that hazelnut nor rice are originated from North America. I am in serious doubts here, why is it a traditional cherokee, if they would not have had those products at the past times??
Antoinetta Bialecki (4 months ago)
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Diamond Rock (10 months ago)
Because, just like everything else, its commercialized. And yes, some of them do use hominy and some use rice. Its really just a preference. I dont think it should matter if one uses hominy or rice. Just as long as they know how to make it. In all honesty, kanvtsi is becoming a lost art. Our elders are passing away and our younger ones arent picking up on our traditions. That should matter more than if rice or hominy is used.
Gina Sellers (11 months ago)
Hickory nuts. Not hazel nuts. Rice or hominy can be used. I think hominy is traditional, but this woman isn't 200 hundred years old, her family probably used rice because the nation gives bags of rice with commodities.
노창수 (1 year ago)
wow! it seems like korean food
Barbara Aspengen (1 year ago)
What a beautiful story thanks so much for SHARING YOUR beautiful life
Rowan Gustine (1 year ago)
i love edith
Rowan Gustine (1 year ago)
when i watched this it made me cry because it reminded me of my  great grandma
See Canon (1 year ago)
Native Americans had to apply for citizenship in the 1920s. I am Red Lake Ojibwa and have learned many traditional foods. Grain rice or wild rice was one I couldn't fathom nor mutton. Thank you for the lesson.
Quasaricemage (1 year ago)
My own Mother taught me how to make Lenape Corn. Fresh corn cut from the cobs, whole pounded walnuts, a little lard (or Bear Oil) and some fine powdered maple sugar all mixed together and eaten hot.
Vessy Mink (18 days ago)
YUM!!! Thank you!!!
Eric Silva (10 months ago)
Oh, man sounds good
RITA BOYLES (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for sharing this. I love hazelnuts and learning about the foods the Cherokee made, used and ate.
Margaret Wilson (1 year ago)
Made me so homesick. She said chalk bluff a tear fell out. When I cook traditional food everyone thinks it's weird. I don't know how many times I've heard "Wild onions whats that?" I miss everything I miss all the water, mountains the trees and food I miss Kanuchi the most. Dallas is so different.
Mary C (5 days ago)
We grew up in Dallas and there were wild onions. I remember picking the tops to put in the beans cause I had no money to buy an onion. 😁 It is not the place but the time that is different. Picked and cooked Poke too, lots of stuff all in the Dallas area. It is the time that is changed.
Jessica Hamilton (5 months ago)
Margaret Wilson we have inter tribal powwows, that's as close as DFW gets. Beautiful dancers. A bit of fry bread. A crossover hominy/elotes, etc. But Kinnuvchi makes me miss my grandmother... Glad to know Dallas doesn't feel like home. That really resonated with me, and I've been here 20+ years
Gayle Smith (1 year ago)
I was so happy to see this, I have a Edith Knight in my family book, I hope this is her. My family came from the Virginia into TN and KY but, I live in IL., Hope to see more.
Yeshuamysavior1 (1 year ago)
She is a Cherokee National treasure! I'm so proud to be in the same tribe. Oh! If more people were like her on the earth- it would be a better place to live.God Bless You!
XxNaTiVeBaBiiDoLLxX (1 year ago)
May you rest in peace miss Edith ❤💜
Rebecca Mireles (1 year ago)
Bless you story
Rebecca Mireles (1 year ago)
This is my son's lauguge I know how greatest interpreter and a great conversation about these matters to be presence in his life the alphabeta the true story about usa
the trash man (1 year ago)
how do you spell kinole is it like that or what?
Alicia McGarrah (1 year ago)
the trash man Kanuchi
susangraves2 (1 year ago)
...and I can't find conome or konome - maybe we heard the same word in different ways. I can't even find a picture of one on the internet. Still looking, though. The search is young, and I miss my grandparents. I'd love to be able to ask them.
struggling bird (1 year ago)
Such a nice woman willing to share her culture. My Native American grandpa was cold and did not like passing on the language/culture and so on... :(
Jay S (2 months ago)
Of my Cherokee relatives some were born on Cherokee land [their parents may not have been I'm not sure]. As kids they learned the language, they learned and loved the culture. When the moved off reservation they took English names (though still spoke the language in private) I don't even know their birt/Cherokee names. What I do know is that we must learn what they were made to forget, they forgot it to protect us, it's the least we can do to remember them.
Kita Postoak (6 months ago)
katy I know this is an old comment, but some older generations saw it as protection for the younger people. Our ancestors went through alot. When i was a girl my grandmother told me stories of boarding schools where she was forced to cut her hair and speak only English. She rarely speaks or sings in our native language. I
jai the vegan (1 year ago)
These make me feel so connected to my roots, my great grandfather was a Cherokee national and food has connected me to this day to the traditions. Thank you for these insightful videos! 🌿🙏🏽🌿
Actually, I like this recipe for one reason, it shows that the Cherokee, though the white settlers had moved in and food trading had begun, the Cherokee's introduction to rice... The good thing about this is that it shows that the Cherokee's still had their own culture, which was not the same as their caucasian neighbors. I made my own #Cherokee grandmother teach me the edible wild plants and how to cook them before she passed away, and it was different than that of other farmers around them. Digging roots of, and leaves of things such as narrow dock, broad dock, etc. The thing that I noticed was her embarassment by it, which should not have been the case. If you can forage it, why waste money buying in a store. In her time period it was a shame to not eat store bought breads, the same "white bread," made of bleached flour that has no nutrients, and has caused cancer. Give me the edible wild plants any day, at least it has nutritional quality, was not raised on a plat of ground that has been used to garden so many years that there is no minerals left in the soil. Thanks for the recipe. Maybe we'll swap recipes some day.
Vessy Mink (18 days ago)
Carrie Geren Scoggins [Official] would love to learn from you about your knowledge of what your grandmother taught you!
Anna Carolana (2 months ago)
My ancestors were the same way, totally embarrassed of anything not store-bought. WNC did a number on its people with that.
majooismajor (5 months ago)
hi ... Could you please tell me what Kanuchi tastes like ? I hope the smell of hickory comes through in the porridge :) I also hope the flavour of hickory is good :)
The Cherokee's didn't have access to rice until after the settlers moved in. I do know that they used the nuts with meats, too though, and with what we call a stew. The wild carrot, also called Queen Anns Lace, meat, and nuts, as well as another ingredient sometimes used which was a wild mint that grows here in TN.
Stumble.Stop.Repeat (19 hours ago)
+Anna Carolana Can you tell us more about this? I feel like you know some secrets :D
Anna Carolana (2 months ago)
There are hints of Chinese trade. Worldwide travel was normal, except not for those it was not to be told to.
Omoloya1 (2 months ago)
All rice is grass. Additionally, West Africans from the Senegambia region were enslaved to create, maintain and harvest the rice plantations of the United States, as rice was and is a staple food for the people of Senegal and the Gambia. While my paternal roots are Tennessee Cherokee, Yorùbá, Ibo and Edo (as well as some Western European), my mother's people are African-American, Yamassee, Dutch and Irish from South Carolina... Rice remains a staple in my home, and its importance to many different folks *worldwide* is never forgotten.
angelica vences (6 months ago)
Robert Pierce it may be called! "wild rice" that that is actually a grass. Wild rice salad is very traditional in nativ American food but is actually a grass :)
Robert Pierce (1 year ago)
Then where did the wild rice come from? It is a traditional N.A. grain that is harvested by canoe, I've seen it done.
naii 2x (1 year ago)
god bless you❤ i am also cherokee and trying to learn as much as i can about us cherokees
el niño (1 year ago)
Is this North Carolina or Oklahoma?
A O K (22 days ago)
@el nino. Before removal act was NC, but now it's Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
CherryBoo65 Boone (8 months ago)
My grandma and her previous generations were North Carolina.
Raelie No (1 year ago)
Spicy Sith (1 year ago)
Rice and sugar? Rice is not native to the Americas; it's from Asia, and only Asians have the genes to digest it. And sugar isn't good for anyone. This dessert is not a native american tradition, but a fusion of native and foreign foods instead, and a very unhealthy one, too. Time to read "Nutrition and physical degeneration".
Douglas Shoemaker (1 month ago)
100% right ! Ever one needs to Read more . Wado !
Omoloya1 (2 months ago)
+Brian Greenwood You've inspired me to do some research... and get my topographic geography/history game together: Arkansas once had enough WATER to *farm RICE*??? Wow. (And folks STILL don't understand, after the famines of the Dust Bowl period, that forcing the land to produce in excess will result in more famine. Even the very rich. Ya cain't eat MONEY.)
Brian Greenwood (9 months ago)
I love to see the ignorant ones spout off. Rice was grown in Arkansas by the Western Band of the Cherokee pre dating the Louisiana purchase. Sugar cane, and beets which also produce sugar are Native to The southwestern parts of North America.. You may want to delete your post, because you sound like a tool bro lmao
[]Xanalimarie[] (9 months ago)
Spicy Sith rice is not only native to Asian it's found native to africa and natives came from Asia so natives,Africans,Asians would all digest it and so can other people
the trash man (1 year ago)
american food
the trash man (1 year ago)
BasicZ 223 (1 year ago)
king citrus no
chibiyaten15 (1 year ago)
this video is beautifully made & very heartwarming
Cody Tuttle (1 month ago)
Nice doge
Jay Black (1 year ago)
What's not to like about this video
Blackjackkittyyy ! (1 year ago)
Rice????? That's not traditional Cherokee.
Mrflufay (3 months ago)
Ever heard of wild rice? Its pretty good.
Doobie D (1 year ago)
Every country has rice lol
blackcitroenlove (1 year ago)
It's a contemporary thing---some people have the rice vs hominy discussion and it gets heated. In the East, we usually use hominy but I personally won't hate if someone likes rice :) It's all good.
Running Doe Ryder (2 years ago)
wado really love this much,
Edith Knight is truly a Cherokee National Treasure.  This footage is so enduring because you are connecting with her and it leaves you with a sense of pride for being a Native American. Women like Edith Knight are precious. Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience with me. God Bless You!
Craig Astwood (2 years ago)
everyone knows how diet effects diabetes; so watch your diets everyone.But keep up the good cooking.
Rick Tipton (2 years ago)
Her accent throws me I couldn't get which nuts she used!
Stan Hart (2 years ago)
+Rick Tipton hickory
Duro boyss (2 years ago)
You don't take out the shells? Thank you
Gina Sellers (11 months ago)
It's hickory nuts, not hazelnuts.
Robert Pierce (1 year ago)
The hazelnut meat is cooked down into a porridge like consistency and she strains it twice to get out the shells .... watch it again.
Frank Neeley (2 years ago)
I enjoy this show and all history and stories you share! It's hard to share and teach my children about our culture as we live in N. Indiana. This show is a treasure, keep up the great work!
Redbird1066 (2 years ago)
It's the stories told while sharing tradition that touch me so deeply. Wado.
Benjamin Wilson (1 year ago)
LOL! The Indians around here live on pepperoni hot pockets and Bud Light! LOL!
Deborah Steinfort (1 year ago)
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