Decolonizing Diet Project Pt. 2: Anishinaabe Probe Health of Ancestral Diet Despite Modern Pollution

The Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) follows “the disenfranchisement of our people from their food sources,” said Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Asst. Prof. at Northern Michigan University (NMU) Center for Native American Studies and DDP principal investigator.

Reinhardt explained the DDP academic research initiative at an April 2012 pollinator protection and native plants restoration workshop at the Hannahville Indian Community.

The workshop was organized by the Zaagkii Wings and Seeds Project, coordinated by the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI.

Funded by the U.S. Forest Service and others, the Zaagkii Project partners with Northern Michigan and Wisconsin tribes to restore native plants and protect pollinators like bees and butterflies.

DDP participants began their traditional diet/exercise in March 2012 with a master food list and food consultants.

Volunteers spend a year eating food that was part of the Anishinaabe Great Lakes diet prior to 1600.

Organizers hope for food, equipment, cash donations to assist volunteers with diet costs.

Zaagkii Project sponsors:
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
United States Forest Service (USFS)
Marquette County Juvenile Court
U.P. Children’s Museum
Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies

Workshop included reps. from:
Hannahville Indian Community
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Martin Reinhardt, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof.
NMU Center for Native American Studies

Decolonizing Diet Project on DDP
Editor Gina Boltz

IPR on the Decolonizing Diet Project

NMU Center for Native American Studies (CNAS)
April Lindala, NMU CNAS director/key Zaagkii Project partner

DDP Advisors:

Dr. Devon A. Mihesuah
Cora Lee Beers Price Prof. of International Cultural Understanding
Humanities and Western Civilization
Dir. of American Indian Health and Diet Project
University of Kansas
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Chickasaw descendant

Jim St. Arnold
Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Chris Kibbit

Dr. Steve DeGoosh
NMU Assoc. Prof.
Earth, Environmental, Geographical Sciences Dept.

Dr. Michael Broadway
NMU Prof., Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Alan J. Rebertus
NMU Prof.

Kenneth Pitawanakwat
NMU CNAS Anishinaabemowin Instructor

Dr. Mohey Mowafy
NMU Distinguished Prof. of Human Nutrition

Dr. Scott Doughty
DDP physician/health consultant

Thomas Therom:

Late American sociologist William Thomas innovative work on the sociology of migration, and formulation of a fundamental principle named the Thomas Theorem.

Characteristics in our society persist because they are mutually reinforcing:
“If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences”

Thomas Theorem relates to stages of the vicious cycle of prejudice and discrimination
“Once meaning has been assigned, their consequent behavior is shaped by meaning”

U.S. National Arboretum (USDA)
Living museum: Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes

USDA National Plant Germplasm System

National Center for Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetic Resources
Former National Seed Storage Lab

USFS Seed Vaulting
By Paul Tolmé, National Wildlife Federation


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