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(pĕm`ĭkən), a travel food of the Native North American. Slices of lean venison or buffalo meat were sun dried, pounded to a paste, and packed with melted fat in rawhide bags. Dried currants or wild berries were sometimes included in the paste. Pacific coast Native Americans used a similar fish compound.



a concentrated food consisting of briquettes made from venison or buffalo meat that has been dried and ground into powder and mixed with fat and the juice of sour berries. Pemmican originated with Indians from the northern part of North America, who stored it in rawhide bags. Given its small size and light weight, pemmican was noted for its easy assimilability and high nutritional value. The briquettes were particularly convenient for long journeys.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, venison or beef pemmican has been produced by the food industries of Canada and the United States for supplying polar expeditions. Various other food concentrates are replacing pemmican.

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in English from UCLA, has been publishing poetry in literary journals for well over 20 years, appearing in Response, California Quarterly, and Pemmican.
While it is heartening to learn that the modern mainstream is learning the value of mixing tart fruits and meats, it's something of a letdown to find that this "novel" antioxidant has been patented, given that Indians subsisted for centuries on fruited pemmican.
As a staple and trade item they produced pemmican, a dried meat mixed with berries.
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This was in the form of pemmican, a highly nutritious staple that was easy to transport and which kept indefinitely.
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The Cree took advantage of the new opportunity to trade in provisions, primarily pemmican, and at this time a Plains Cree identity began to emerge gradually.
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