Caddo - A Gift from Heaven
An old Indian woman of ancient times was said to have cut a rent in the sky through which she poured the most delicious and satisfying liquid poured.
The sun then explained to the woman how to prepare and use the liquid, It thus became known as TSO-CI, meaning " sun-fluid."
The basis for the liquid was corn, and its use in many forms was found among a great number of the American Indian Tribes. Its variations were known by such names as" Sofki"...by the Creeks." Atole " by the Mexicans,
" Sagamite" by the French, " Tanbubo" or " Tafula " by the Choctaw, and was known to be used in varying forms also by the Seminole and the Chickasaw.
Using corn, sometimes parched and ground or soaked in lye, as a base, many ingredients were added to give flavor to the beverage or broth. Fresh pork was used as seasoning and often beans, hickory nuts, marrow, wood ashes, or other ingredients were added.
Out of the legendary rent in the sky the sun fluid seemed to flow into Indian Food culture in many forms and many places.
Although the corn -drink and water were the most common beverages of the ancient Indian many other drinks were from berries, and various teas from roots, bark, twigs, and leaves. Soups and broths were often left to simmer over the fire providing ready enrichment and satisfaction for the family.