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Sunny Grease-Balls, another Mandan trail food

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 10:56 pm    Post subject: Sunny Grease-Balls, another Mandan trail food Reply with quote

Those Mandan had a "thing" about mixing grains with grease. This recipe is from Charles McKenzie, a NWCo clerk who wintered with the Mandans in 1804.

In the Spring so soon as the weather and the state of the ground will permit, the women repair to the field, cut the stalks of the Indian corn of the preceeding year, and drop new seed into the socket of the remaining roots. A small kind of Pumpkins which are very productive they plant with a dibble and raise the ground into hillocks the same as those about Indian corn. Their Kidney Beans they plant in the same manner they cultivate a tall kind of Sun flower, the seed of which is esteemed good eating; dry and pounded with fat and made into balls of three or four ounces is found excellent for long journeys. One of these balls with the addition of a few roots gathered occasionnally in their way is considered sufficient food for a man whole day. Warriors who generally travel to a great distance in quest of an enemy, and who dare not raise a smoke, or fire a shot for fear of discovery, find these balls useful, light and convenient.

McKenzie, Charles. Some Account of the Mississouri Indians in the Years 1804, 5, 6, & 7. An electronic transcription. MFTP #0008, Rare Books and Special Collections Division, McGill University Libraries; [3/4/2002] http://132.206.203.207/toolbar_1.htm:

Submitted by: Swanny - swanny@norwestcompany.com on March 04, 2002

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