Pemmican is a food stuff that has been used on polar expeditions for hundreds of years. The name ‘pemmican’ originally comes from a Cree (a Native American people) word for rendered fat. The aim of this activity is to understand that Arctic explorers’ food stuffs need to be light and full of energy.
Pemmican is a high-energy, highly nutritious food, and also very easy to carry. It has been the ideal food for Native American scouts, 18th Century fur traders and polar explorers.
Traditionally, pemmican is a combination of dried meat, dried fruit and fat (typically from a cow or bison). In recent years, vegetarian and non-fat based variations have been developed.
The amounts have been listed in proportions, so you can make the amount you need, depending on whether you are heading out into the wild or just want to have a small taste.
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Cross-curricular | Ages 7-11
Based on journeys undertaken by real explorers and scientists, the Frozen Oceans (Primary) education programme is designed to introduce students to what life is like in the High Arctic.