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
906-227-1397
mreinhar@nmu.edu

Decolonizing Diet Project
http://decolonizingdietproject.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/groups/DecolonizingDietProject
www.flickr.com/photos/DecolonizingDietProject

NativeVillage.org on DDP
Editor Gina Boltz
www.nativevillage.org/Archives/2012/FEB%202012%20News/Decolonizing%20Diet%20Project.htm

DDP:
www.foundmichigan.org/wp/2012/05/03/decolonizing-diet-project
http://ipr.interlochen.org/points-north-live/episode/17184
IPR on the Decolonizing Diet Project
http://recycledminds.blogspot.com/2011/10/decolonizing-diets-traditional-foods.html
www.gtbindians.org/images/pdf_files/jan_sect1_2012.pdf
http://weekofeatingindigneousfoods.blogspot.com
www.wherethewildfoodsgrow.com/nutrition

NMU Center for Native American Studies (CNAS)
April Lindala, NMU CNAS director/key Zaagkii Project partner
906-227-1397
alindala@nmu.edu
www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies
cnas@nmu.edu


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
www.aihd.ku.edu
http://ireswb.cc.ku.edu/~aihd/exercise/AboutMeMihesuah.html
mihesuah@ku.edu
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Chickasaw descendant

Jim St. Arnold
jsta@glifwc.org
Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Chris Kibbit
ckibit@nmu.edu

Dr. Steve DeGoosh
NMU Assoc. Prof.
Earth, Environmental, Geographical Sciences Dept.
906-227-2904
sdegoosh@nmu.edu
www.nmu.edu/geography/node/41
www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-degoosh/11/508/495

Dr. Michael Broadway
NMU Prof., Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
906-227-2636
mbroadwa@nmu.edu
www.nmu.edu/geography/node/43

Dr. Alan J. Rebertus
NMU Prof.
906-227-2351
arebertu@nmu.edu
www.nmu.edu/biology/node/53

Kenneth Pitawanakwat
NMU CNAS Anishinaabemowin Instructor
kpitawan@nmu.edu
906-227-1397

Dr. Mohey Mowafy
NMU Distinguished Prof. of Human Nutrition
mmowafy@nmu.edu
906-227-2366
906-249-9133
www-instruct.nmu.edu/~mmowafy
www.linkedin.com/pub/mohey-mowafy/7/608/698
www.facebook.com/kitabelwish

Dr. Scott Doughty
DDP physician/health consultant
http://decolonizingdietproject.blogspot.com/2012/01/introducing-ddp-physician-dr-scott.html

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”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_theorem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._I._Thomas

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

USDA National Plant Germplasm System
www.ars-grin.gov/npgs

National Center for Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetic Resources
Former National Seed Storage Lab
www.rngr.net
www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_p043/rmrs_p043_115_118.pdf

USFS Seed Vaulting
By Paul Tolmé, National Wildlife Federation
www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/News-and-Views/Archives/2005/National-Treasure.aspx

www.WingsAndSeeds.org

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