"Pemmican"

12" x 16" Oil on Linen

This wife hands her man a bag of pemmican for his journey.  Pemmican was a nutritious mixture of buffalo or other wild meat, very lean, dried and pounded into a fine granular consistency, mixed with generous loads of Sarvisberries (also known as Serviceberries or wild plum) and tallow and molded by the hands of the maker into little balls about the size of a ping pong ball plus or minus and put into a bladder or smoked leather bag over which hot melted tallow was poured and allowed to harden.  The nutritious concoction was carried by warriors when they went afoot on the war trail and hunting was dangerous.  It was also used by mountain men when they expected to be traveling for awhile and needed some reserve grub.   If you haven't had the real thing you probably never will -  not on purpose.

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