Traditional food preparation

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The first picture, where they harvest the fish... In the beginning, it was difficult for us, during our lives, it was very difficult Everything was saved, in curing fish, in smoking fish, in salting fish The fish heads were saved. Nothing was thrown away, nothing at all...also the same was done to the Canada goose. everything was saved by smoking, drying, because there was no refrigerator. They dried them all, the animal meat, and they were also buried in the cool ground, Holes were dug and the perishables were buried so they would not spoil. That is how things looked back then, The same was done…I did not see moose long ago…when I stayed in the north, I only saw caribou, and so the same things were done to the caribou; It was smoked, the caribou, so the meat could preserve longer, and the dried meats were mashed by means of a rock, “neohikan-ak” the rocks were called. This meat was dried, and some oil was added to the dry mash. So meat was cured this way to save it from spoilage. Today, as I remember growing up, it seemed there was always hunting, Constantly seeking provisions, seeking food for our survival. It was always difficult for us as we were always seeking for our sustenance. Only when the hunt was successful could we eat. …sometimes the fish was frozen, as we went to the hunting regions, the fish would be frozen, chopped up, and thrown in boiling water. This is how things looked in our hunting excursions, our hunting meals. And for those animals that my father killed, like mink, otter, nothing was thrown away We ate mink, we ate the otter, we ate every part. We also ate polar bear. My father used to hunt polar bear and the bear meat would be smoke dried. First the meat would be boiled then the meat would be hung and dried by smoking. Smoked meat would last for a long time and this way it would not spoil. So, everything would be eaten; the guts, wings, goose feet. Nothing was discarded as we ate everything. This is how I saw my mother and father prepare these things. They never threw anything away. During the summer, our diet would be mostly smoked meat and goose feet. Nothing was thrown away. So, I think while I was growing it was a difficult life and it was difficult for my parents as well. And now the rabbit. The rabbit also received the same treatment. The guts of the rabbit would be hung to be eaten. They would be cleaned for eating. Nothing was discarded. Everything was edible, nothing was ever thrown away as I saw it.


Traditional food preparation by Edmond Edwards


Traditional food Fish smoking salting drying smoking mink otter polar bear goose rabbit

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