Metis Cooking on the Great Plains

In 1937, Joseph Lafromboise (b. 1859) of Neche, North Dakota gave the following account of cooking on the prairie: When they were out on the prairie where they could not find fuel to cook with, they would gather buffalo heads and fill them with buffalo tallow, and get three sticks and tie them together and hang the pots on them to cook their meals. They would gather buffalo chips also to make fires. ( Interviewed by Frank O’Leary, Pembina County Pioneers Project, 1937)

Drying meat, National Archives Canada, E.S. Curtis.

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute