The Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) was a pilot study of the relationship between humans and Indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region. Dr. Martin Reinhardt, associate professor of Native American Studies served as the principal investigator and a research subject for the DDP.

The planning phase of the project ran from 2010 to 2012. The implementation phase ran from March 25, 2012 to March 24, 2013. The analysis and reporting phase was from March 25, 2013 to Summer of 2014.

Dr. Reinhardt authored a chapter in the following publication about the outcomes of the DDP:

Reinhardt, M. (2015). “Spirit food: A multidimensional overview of the Decolonizing Diet Project”. Indigenous Innovation: Universalities and Peculiarities, eds., E. Sumida Huaman and B. Sriraman. Rotterdam: Sense.

Reinhardt co-authored a DDP Cookbook with fellow research subjects Leora Lancaster and April Lindala:

Reinhardt, M., Lancaster, L., and Lindala, A. (2016). Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook. Featuring Indigenous food recipes from the Great Lakes Region. Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University, Center for Native American Studies. Reinhardt is currently working on another chapter for an upcoming publication which will feature his and his wife's (Tina Moses) reflections about the DDP.

A DDP Three Year Follow-Up Study was recently conducted by K. Nim Reinhardt, a senior nursing student and Indian Health Services Scholar/McNair Scholar at NMU (and yes, she is Dr. Reinhardt's older daughter too). Findings from this study may be submitted for publication soon also.

The DDP continues to influence many other projects and has a wide following on Facebook and in communities around the world. Dr. Reinhardt continues to present on the project and will be looking at future projects related to the outcomes of the DDP.

We would like to thank all of those who have assisted with the DDP over the years and would be more than happy to answer any questions about the DDP via email at:

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Week of Eating Indigenous Foods

I started my week of eating Indigenous foods this morning. I plan to go until next saturday, but will not include dinner on Saturday as we are going to a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, and I don't think they will be serving anything free of post-colonial food. I encourage folks to visit the Week of Eating Indigenous Foods blog to see how things turn out. This is a good exercise for me and others that are planning on applying as research subjects for the DDP.

1 comment:

  1. I had my first indigenous meal with Marty today. Lunch was moose, sweet potatoes, leeks, and sweet fern. We washed it down with water. I debated on whether to try it with salt and pepper until I tasted it. Nothing else was needed. I imagine it would have been bland without the leeks. I'm unsure how the sweet fern tastes on its own.

    I decided to maintain the 25% participation for this week-long trial period. Marty and I have stocked up on some indigenous food items. It is exciting to plan a menu for each day - having to chose the combinations.