The Rez Starter Kit
I grew up on the Yakama Nation rez. Anytime I go to another rez, I notice a few similarities. From powwows to family gatherings. There's a few items that most Natives have. I call this "The Rez Starter Kit." The list is is a little long, so I narrowed it down to these items. Keep in mind not all reservations have the same list. So it may vary. But here is what we have on the Yakama Rez.
Most people know it as Pepsi. But most people on the Rez know it as "Rez Milk." Unless you're diabetic, then it's a "Diet Rez Milk." It's also a good mixer. Depending on what you mix it with.
On every rez, tobacco is pretty much a necessity. Either used for the lungs or traditional use. Yes we Natives still use tobacco for traditional purposes.
Duct tape fixes pretty much anything. From worn-out moccasins to cars. Speaking from experience, it's always a good idea to have a roll of duct tape. My feet still hurt from the last powwow. And my car is still running. Too bad it can't fix a broke relationship ... or can it?
A rez snack favorite. Most likely you'll see these at a softball tournament.