When you snared rabbits in the summer, you snared them far from here, in the thick of the bush. Early mornings were spent checking snares with our parents before the flies would be out. You would remove the snare wire along with your rabbit. You would then return your snare later in the afternoon by 3pm. This prevented the snared rabbit from spoiling during the night. People knew a variety of preservation methods and how to maintain this food in the absence refrigeration. Unlike what we have today. You hung snares all winter near and all around the vicinity of your meegwam (tipi). You did this to stock up the pelts for later use. The surplus rabbit meat was prepared and stored outside on a high platform approximately seven feet tall to prevent the dogs from reaching it. You would only retrieve the rabbit again to cook. That’s what people did.
Snaring, rabbits and preserving by Anna Bella Solomon
Trapping, snaring, rabbits, preserving,
The Mushkegowuk and Anishinaabe Peoples and Treaty No. 9. A Cree Culture and History Education Game.