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1899 and After

Bush Food


Until 200 years ago the ancestors of today's bush land people lived solely on food resources of the land. Traditional food supplies are still available, but most of the food consumed today in the northern bush land is purchased from commercial food stores. This is generally augmented by wild meat and fish, whether the people live in the bush or in towns and villages.

In the northern bush land, the main criterion for food choice is its  availability. If a number of country foods were abundant, the people chose their particular foods on the basis of taste and flavor.



bannock birch bark basket Grouse wild strawberry Picking berries
Kinnikinnick Whitefish curing fish Tea pail preparing fish
saskatoon berries smoking fish smokehouse wild mint moose
pincherries rosehips blueberries bannock on a stick

Reprinted from Bush Land People with permission of the author. Copyright Terry Garvin 1992-2002.

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