Arline Charging, Making Corn Balls

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MA-PI-NUG-A-BA

I clean my corn and wash it, and put in the oven and roast it. Then, when it's ready, about one or two hours, I turn the oven off and let it stand another hour until it gets real brown. Then I grind it with a blender and clean out the lumps with a screen.

"This is the corn that we use to make cornballs, or corn soup, or dried corn. We have plenty, and we dry it and put it away. We save seed. This is the corn we used to plant. It's a yellow corn. This corn here, without berries, you could cook it and make a corn stew.

"In the Hidatsa way, ma-pi-nug-a-ba" [Corn Balls].