Traditional food preservation methods have continued to be used among Native American tribes and communities in South Dakota. Elders teach youth about the traditional practice of sun-drying corn and wild berries through the hands-on process of working together with family. Buffalo meat was also traditionally sun-dried; this practice is now more commonly done through the use of a food dehydrator. Jerky or bapa (dried buffalo meat used in soups and stews) and sun-dried corn and wild berries are a healthy food which has traditionally provided sustenance to the Native American diet.
SDSU Cooperative Extension Service
Saboe-Wounded Head, Lorna, "Sun-Drying: A Traditional Native American Method of Preserving Food" (2008). SDSU Extension Special Series. 11.