Monday, November 4, 2013

Indian Fires

While we were wandering around Feast of the Hunters' Moon this year, we came across this Indian encampment.   I didn't have a chance to talk to the owners or to ask questions, but we were able to get some good pics.


I wish I had made a point of asking what kind of dwelling this is and which tribes made them.   It was covered with overlapped layers of woven mats of dried reeds or cattails or something like that.

Here's a look at what's cooking over the fire.   The fish is attached in a very interesting way.   I think the other meat is squirrel.  

Here's a better look at the meat over the fire. 

Pawpaws in a basket.   I thought the bark carrier was really interesting. 

Next to the big fire was this smaller fire surrounded by bark.  Clearly designed for smoking and sure enough when we got closer, we saw that it was in use for just that purpose.  

Some sort of meat was laid out above the smoking fire and drying for jerky. 

These squash rings were also being smoked and dried over the big fire.   Dried food didn't spoil and was easier to transport.

1 comment:

  1. Those squash rings got my mouth watering! I've been craving squash for a few days, but wanted to try something new. Unfortunately, an apartment in SF is not the place to set up a smoking fire.


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