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Today's survivalists take pemmican into the wilderness with them because it packs a punch in terms of calories and energy. But pemmican is way older than the concept of living "off the grid." In fact, it's older than the grid! It was developed by the indigenous peoples of North America, then later became popular among explorers and traders from Europe. It's made from a mix of crushed or powdered dried meat, rendered animal fat, and in some cases, dried fruit. Because it can last for years and sustain a full-grown adult with just a small serving, it remains a staple of a survivalist diet.
Nicole, an up-coming participant on HISTORY's TV series "ALONE," explains why she chose to bring pemmican into the wilderness.
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Pemmican is a mixture of fat, dried meat, and (sometimes) fruit that serves as a calorie-dense snack option for survivalists. 01:47
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