Native Buffalo Bar- Pemmican
A traditional Native American food made at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A mixture of dried buffalo meat and dried fruit, once used to preserve the meat.
A Bit of History
Native Americans throughout North America dried meat and mixed it with fat and dried fruit- the sugar from the fruit helped preserve the meat. This was one of the earliest uses of sugar in North America – it predated the honey bee. Most nations call this mixture “pemmican” although the Lakota called it “wasna” meaning “anything ground up.” “Tanka” is their spiritual word for Buffalo: the Tanka bar is made at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.