Bannock (bread)- The Métis ate a lot of ‘bannock’. Bannock was a combination of Scottish bread and Indian fry bread that could be baked in an oven, cooked in a skillet over a fire, or fried. The benefit of bannock was that it was easy to make and transport. It also lasted a long time without spoiling, and was quite filling. The Métis harvested wild turnips, peeled and dried them, and then pounded them into flour for use in the bannock. They also traded with the HBC and NWC for flour.
In the golden age of the Métis Nation, circa 1816-1869, the Métis traversed the landscape of present-day Western Canada and the American Great Plains in Red River Carts. In fact, among the First Nations, the Métis were known as “Half-Wagon Men” in the common Plains sign language because of their extensive use of Red River carts for trading and resource gathering purposes.
Cdn Metis Arrow Sash - red represents the blood thatwas shed through the years; blue is for the depth of their spirits; green is for the fertility of a great nation; white is for the connection to the earth and the creator; yellow is for the prospect of prosperity
Canada A Country by Consent: Manitoba Joins Confederation: The Métis
Metis Guide-The Métis developed a unique way of life which blended European and native cultures. Some lived in cabins and did a little farming, but most lived a nomadic life, following the buffalo herds and living in tents.