Our 1999 Thanksgiving fete in Ouahigouya was a wonderful intercultural experience.
Thanks to many of our friends, both here and in the U.S., we were able to enjoy some
American, or nearly-American, dishes. My Italian friend, Francesco, who works with a
development project here in Ouahigouya, brought us 7 kilograms of potatoes from
Ouagadougou. A friend in the U.S. sent me a can of french-fried onions (although
in 2000 the volunteers made them themselves for our celebration), and combined with
a package of instant cream of mushroom soup from the big store in Ouaga and some wonderful fresh green
beans from the local market, we made
a good old American green-bean casserole. And the Burkina Faso Peace Corps culture
contributed a recipe we love around here--a "key lime pie"
(click for recipe).
Since I had my computer with me, along with a tiny portable printer,
we made little dinner cards as souvenirs for both the Burkinabé and the Americans who
came. The text and art follow.
Welcome to Our Thanksgiving Dinner
Bienvenue à Nôtre
Diner de Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is an American holiday that
celebrates the joining of cultures in early North America. Traditionally, turkey is
served, along with such dishes as stuffing, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. Thanksgiving
is a holiday of friendship and a time of giving thanks. In Ouahigouya this year we are
thankful for our well-being and our many new friends.
Thanksgiving est une fête Américaine pour célébrer la mélange des
cultures en Amérique du Nord. Traditionellement, on offre le dindon,
"stuffing," purée de pommes de terres, et les légumes. Thanksgiving est une
fête de lamitié et une occasion pour donner les remerciements pour les cadeaux de
nos vies. A Ouahigouya cette année, nous apprécions nôtre bonne santé et nos nouveaux
(that's sheep, not
turkey) avec couscous
Mashed PotatoesPurée de Pomme de Terre
Green bean casserole (Américain)Haricots Verts
Salade Americaine with Honey Mustard Dressing
Pain et petits pains
Lemonade, Papaya Milk, Water
Key lime pie Americain (tarte au citrons)