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Pemmican and York Boats: Bison Return From the Edge of Extinction - Ep. 2

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This title is a part of the series Bison Return From the Edge of Extinction


Catalogue Number:  SQU002
Producer:  Square Sheep Films
Subject:  Canadian Geography, Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Social Sciences, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Running Time:  32:38


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In the early 19th century, there was intense competition between the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company for dominance of the fur trade. Bison pemmican was a vital food source for the voyageurs on their long journeys. Mass production was undertaken and shipped to the starting points of the fur trade crews - York Factory and Montreal. This indigenous dried meat staple was a high-energy, durable mix of dried, pulverized meat, fat and berries – the energy bar of the prairies. Poor management of the bison hunts eventually led to dwindling numbers, and as the demand for furs also declined, pemmican became less important.

Featuring: Professor Frank Tough, Professor George Colpitts and Gabriel Bailey.


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