Theodor de Bry's Engravings of the Timucua

Theodor de Bry's Engravings of the Timucua

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Plate XXIIII
Mode of Drying Fish, Wild Animals, and other Provisions

In order to preserve the flesh of animals, they prepare them in the following way: four strong forked stakes are planted in the ground over which are laid more sticks, forming a grating to take the animals and fish. A fire is lit underneath in such a way that the meat may be dried by the smoke. As the picture shows, the Indians take great care with this procedure so that provisions do not spoil. I suppose that they prepare all this for the winter months when they are in the forests since at this time we were never able to obtain anything from them. As we have said before, the storehouse is on a rock or some shelter, near a river and not far from a big forest so that they can take provisions there in canoes whenever necessary.


All transcriptions are taken from Discovering the New World, Based on the Works of Theodore de Bry, edited by Michael Alexander (New York: Harper & Row, 1976).