Junior Frybread

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JUNIOR FRYBREAD

He was the biggest Indian guy
In the history of the tribe
Custom overalls and a 4X shirt

Living large and living fast
He never came in last
He was a wicked Indian doughboy running wild

He thought he had been to every stall
He would be the judge of the them all

CHORUS

There goes Junior Frybread
He’s been looking everywhere
Hey now Junior Frybread
The best bread is over there!

He wiped the grease from his chin
As he threw the plate in the bin
And contemplated another piece of bread

He ate salt, grease and flour
Every day, every hour
He was a connoisseur of Indian Frybread

He thought he had been to every stall
He would be the judge of them all

CHORUS

His mother and his sister
And his crazy Uncle Lester
Had tried to get him in the Frybread line

Now he was the very last man
In a line that was past the Grandstand
Would they close the booth before he got his bread?

He thought he had been to every stall
He would be the judge of them all

CHORUS

His sweaty temples pounded
As the smell of Frybread abounded
He closed his eyes and let out a heavy sigh

The booth ran out of propane
Causing Junior to go insane
He collapsed and he began to cry

“Though my final sample was denied
I’m the King of Frybread til’ I die!”

There goes Junior Frybread
He’s been looking everywhere
Hey now Junior Frybread
The BANNOCK’s** over there!

**Just a note to our American audience — Bannock
is the Canadian equivalent to Frybread!

Written by Arigon Starr
©2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

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ABOUT “JUNIOR FRYBREAD”

This is the story of a Frybread-loving fool who just can’t get enough of one of the most popular foods served at a Pow-Wow.

It’s also arguably Arigon Starr’s most well-known track.

“To those people who have not tasted Indian frybread, it’s a lot like a doughnut, only it’s flat. Hot, greasy and highly addictive,” smiled Arigon. There are differences in frybread preparation — both tribal and regional.

In Canada, it’s called Bannock — with a slight difference in appearance. Whichever way you serve it, as a taco, with mutton and red or green chile, salmon or dessert-style — you’ll enjoy Junior’s quest for the perfect piece of bread.

If you’ve never been to a Pow-Wow, stood in a fry bread line or experienced the sights and sounds of hot, sizzling fry bread making — check out this video from the Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow.