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: mreinhar@nmu.edu





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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DDP Group Site Unavailable on June 6th

On Wednesday, June 6th , the university's collaboration system, SHARE, (http://share.nmu.edu) will be unavailable beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until approximately 5 p.m. due to a system upgrade.      

Essentially, this means that the DDP Group site will be unavailable for most of the day on June 6th.

PEIF DDP Classes 2 & 3 to be Rescheduled

Due to low attendance and a mix up on the date of the last PEIF DDP class, we are going to have the PEIF reschedule classes 2 & 3. You may have already figured out that there is no June 31st as was shown in the email we received from PEIF staff. In order to get an idea of what time is going to work best for DDP research subjects who are also PEIF pass holders, please email Dr. Martin Reinhardt at mreinhar@nmu.edu the day of the week and the time that is most convenient for your schedules. Again, this is only for those research subjects who also have a PEIF pass.

3 Vacancies for DDP Research Subjects

There are currently 3 vacancies for DDP research subjects. Please encourage your colleagues to consider applying for these open non-paid positions. If you know of someone who is interested in being a volunteer research subject for this project, have them contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt at mreinhar@nmu.edu by June 15, 2012. They will need to schedule an appointment to fill out the required paperwork and go through a project orientation. It will take about an hour of their time. They will be required to get an annual physical and keep a daily journalof their eating and exercise activities if accepted. The DDP will be ongoing between now and March 25, 2013. Research subjects must be 18 years or older.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Invitation to Join Kinomaage Class for a Day

If any of the DDP research subjects are interested in joining the NAS 340 Kinomaage: Earth Shows Us the Way class for a day, I was sent the following invitation by instructor Aimee Cree Dunn:

"If people would like to join us Thursday (June 21), we will be visiting a mine site and a waterfalls rich with plant life - as we have a few possibilites regarding the location, I'm not sure yet which mine or which waterfalls we will visit (will depend on the weather, class preferences, etc.), but DDP folks can meet in the Whitman Circle at 10 and be ready to head out with us.  We'll be returning at 5.

The trip will give them a good insight into how we impact the land as we live on it today as well as provide an opportunity for plant identification in a beautiful place.  Travel could be up to 60 miles one way.

Hope it can work out as it'd be great to have the DDP folks get a taste of Kinomaage (no pun intended!) and, I think, provide an interesting perspective for the scope of the project in terms of human ecology".

Aimee

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 24th Reminder

This is a reminder about the DDP events scheduled for this thursday, May 24th.

Dr. Scott Herron and his students will be joining DDP research subjects on May 24th for a day of foraging, food, and fun. We will be foraging at the Dukes Woods/Laughing White Fish Falls areas in Skandia. We will meet at the school around 8:30am and head out around 9am. We will plan on eating lunch in the woods (bring your own lunch please).

Those DDP research subjects who are also PEIF pass holders that are planning on going to the PEIF DDP class that day should plan to leave the foraging site no later than 2pm so they can make it to NMU in time to join the class.

We will be done foraging by 4pm, and will head back to the school so folks can clean up, do a tic check, and start making dinner. We will have a DDP potluck out at the school from 6-8pm. Scott and his crew are providing maple flavored smoked whitefish from Thills. Tina and I will bring some sweet water and turkey/wild rice soup. We will plan to finish the day by sitting around the camp fire and maybe playing some music.

The PEIF DDP class will be from 3:00pm-4:30pm. The topic will be Kettle Bells and Climbing. The class will meet in the PEIF Fitness studio (next to the racquetball courts). Remember to wear exercise appropriate attire and bring your signed Par-Q. Only 1 DDP research subject showed up for the first class, so hopefully we have a better showing for this one.

If you have any questions about these events, please email me at mreinhar@nmu.edu

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

U of M Class Coming to Visit DDP

On the evening of Wednesday, May 23rd, Dr. Scott Herron and his students in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) 455 class at the University of Michigan Biological Station will arive at the Old McDonald Elementary School at KI Sawyer (Marty and Tina's school). They will be spending two nights at the school and joining DDP research subjects on May 24th for a day of foraging, food, and fun. We may forage at the Dukes Woods/Laughing White Fish Falls areas in Skandia, but that has yet to be determined. Regardless of where we actually forage on May 24th, we will meet at the school around 8:30am and head out around 9am. We will plan on eating lunch in the woods. Those DDP research subjects who are also PEIF pass holders that are planning on going to the PEIF DDP class that day should plan to leave the foraging site no later than 2pm so they can make it to NMU in time to join the class. We will be done foraging by 4pm, and will head back to the school so folks can clean up, do a tic check, and start making dinner. We will have a DDP potluck out at the school from 6-8pm. We will plan to finish the day by sitting around the camp fire and maybe playing some music. I will have more details soon. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Master List Updated

The master list has been updated. We have added stinging nettle, and ostrich fern (fiddle heads). We appreciate your patience and continued feedback as we endeavor to provide you with accurate information about the DDP foods.

Monday, May 7, 2012

PEIF Classes for DDP PEIF Pass Holders

The folks at the PEIF will be holding the folloowing special classes for DDP research subjects that are also PEIF pass holders. If you are a DDP research subject and don't have a PEIF pass, you can still get one for free by letting me know you want one.

Thursday, May 17-3:00pm-4:30pm: Topic-Pre-colonial exercise equivalents-an introduction to safe exercise

Thursday, May 24-3:00pm-4:30pm: Topic-Kettle bells and Climbing

Thursday, June 31-3:00pm-4:30pm: Topic-Outdoor activities, canoe/kayaking/swimming

Classes #1 & #2 will meet in the PEIF Fitness studio (next to the racquetball courts), and please remind participants to wear exercise appropriate attire and bring signed Par-Q. Class #3 will meet in the PEIF Pool (please remind participants to wear swim attire).