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.
NMU Center for Native American Studies
Decolonizing Diet Project
NativeVillage.org 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
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
Jim St. Arnold
Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
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 CNAS Anishinaabemowin Instructor
Dr. Mohey Mowafy
NMU Distinguished Prof. of Human Nutrition
Dr. Scott Doughty
DDP physician/health consultant
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