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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 10:53 pm    Post subject: Buffalo a la Mandan Reply with quote

Charles MacKenzie of the North West Company provides us with this passage regarding native cuisine. If you have a weak stomach, then read no further!

"... in the Spring both sides of the River are in several places covered with rotten carcasses and Skeletons of Buffaloes, Elks &c.- these dead animals, which often float down the current among the ice for hundred[s] of miles, are preferred by the natives to any other kind of food:- When the skin is raised you will see the flesh of a greenish hue, and ready to become alive at the least exposure to the sun; and is so ripe, so tender, that very little boiling is required- the stench is absolutely intolerable- yet the soup made from it which is bottle green is reckoned delicious:- So fond are the Mandanes of putrid meat that they bury animals whole in the winter for the consumption of the Spring". (Wood & Thieissen, Early Fur Trade on the Norther Plains, 239).

Submitted by: M.H. Maggelet - mhmaggelet@hotmail.com on September 01, 2001

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