The Things One Finds During Inventory:
One thing I’m learning as I go about doing inventory at TCMI is that you never know what you will find.
This, for example. This is 40-year old Piki.
Piki is bread in Hopi cuisine made from blue corn powder, water, and a few other ingredients. It bakes fairly quickly on a flat baking stone and is then peeled off in flat layers and wrapped into a scroll-like shape. Days of hard work and effort go into making Piki from scratch. It’s a little gratifying to see that such hard work has lasted almost 40 years.
However, food in collections does bring problems—risks of drawing pests and mold for example. As cool as this discovery is, our conservator was less than happy to see it. So, we’re bidding farewell to this remarkable Piki and sending it off to a new home!