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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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Smithsonian Mammals Database

After we realized that we had forgotten to include bison, elk, and moose on our mammals list, we went back to the Smithsonian database and tried to figure out why they didn't come up in our search. We have since updated the master food list, but we found some issues with the Smithsonian database. I contacted them about the issues, and here is their reply: 

Dear Martin,

The GIS mapping interface allows you to go from the range map of a species to the species page (small icon to the right of a checked species name), but the reverse is not an option as each species range map does not have a unique URL on the GIS map. We are updating the site to add the remaining mammals of Mexico, and we will add the range maps to every species page. I cannot give you a date certain when that will happen, though we are perhaps only a month away.



Robert Costello

National Outreach Program Manager
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History
Washington DC

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