Probably in October, the Pilgrims met their Wampanoag neighbors for three days of feasting on wildfowl and venison.
Add the venison to the pot and sear on all sides until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Up to a point, questions such as these arise because the Pilgrims said so little about that first venison dinner in 1621.
late 13c., from Old French venesoun "meat of large game," especially deer or boar, also "a hunt," from Latin venationem (nominative venatio) "a hunt," also "game as the product of the hunt," from venatus, past participle of venari "to hunt, pursue," probably from PIE root *weie- "to strive after, pursue with vigor, desire" (cf. Sanskrit veti "follows after," Avestan vayeiti "hunts," Lithuanian veju "to hunt, pursue," Old Church Slavonic voji "warrior," Old English waþ "hunting," Old Norse veiðr "chase, hunting, fishing;" see Venus).