In this age of technology, few of us can grasp the survival skills that saw past generations make it through all manner of hardships using only their brains and brawn. Take the Native Americans, for instance, whose ability to live off the land can teach us some vital lessons. And some tribes’ survival skills – from finding food and water in the wild to simply working together as a community – are in many ways still invaluable to us today.
10. The ability to preserve meat
Whether Native Americans were the first to create jerky is up for debate. However, what is certain is that they were huge proponents of the process, making what they called “pemmican.” If you’re unfamiliar with jerky, it’s simply dried meat, which the Native Americans mixed with animal fat or dried fruit.
The advantage of preparing meat in this way, of course, is that it will last – whether you need nutritious supplies for a long trip or just want to have a backup food supply in case your fridge dies. In fact, jerky is now a food staple worldwide, such is its usefulness.