Chuckwagon Cookout at the Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Arts hosts a Chuckwagon Cookout on April 23, 2011 all day in Indianapolis downtown. Located in the White River State Park and along the Indianapolis Canal Walk, the Eiteljorg Museum has prime Indianapolis real estate for a Saturday afternoon cookout. Don’t miss this Indianapolis community event featuring storytelling, drumming circles, sing-alongs, dancing and more. This Indianapolis event is perfect for Indianapolis kids and the whole family.

A chuckwagon was the original mode of transportation through the prairies and into the old west early in United States history. The chuckwagon often carried most, if not all, of the supplies needed by the family on the road including food. The chuckwagon was also commonly used by cowboys on long cattle drives, to carry supplies. Chuckwagon food would include easy to preserve items like beans, cured meats, coffee and biscuits. In modern America, the chuckwagon is a symbol of rustic food and is often the centerpiece of cook-offs across the country.

The Eiteljorg Museum’s Chuckwagon Cookout will provide rustic food for guests as they enjoy the warming Spring weather in a serene setting. After you fill your belly with hearty food, celebrate the earth just in time for Earth Day. Join in a drumming circle or get up and dance to the rhythm. Plus, hear the story of the Three Sisters Garden. This Native American legend speaks to the traditions of gardening handed down through generations of Indians.

According to Iroquois legend, beans, corn and squash are inseparable sisters (daughters of Mother Earth) who can only truly grow and thrive when planted together. In this tradition, Iroquois would plant seeds for corn, beans and squash in the same mounds. Each vegetable utilizes and replenishes the soil its own unique way, creating a sustainable method of growing food.

Hear the whole story of the Three Sisters Garden at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Chuckwagon Cookout and take some seeds home to create your own Three Sisters Garden. The entire celebration is thrown in honor of Leon Jett, the Eiteljorg Museum’s former programs manager. As an active part of the Eiteljorg Musuem, Jett donated his time to many Indianapolis nonprofit organizations and is sorely missed by his community.

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon out in Indy at the Eiteljorg Museum. Don’t forget to bring a canned food item to donate to Gleaner’s Food Bank. Afterward Mosey over to the White River State Park to enjoy the Earth Day Indiana Celebration that same day.

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Chuckwagon Cookout
Saturday, April 23, 2011
All Day

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN