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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Monday, September 24, 2012

DDP Cooking Demonstrations

We will be holding two cooking demonstrations in the Culinary Arts kitchen at the Jacobetti Building on campus at NMU. The first will be this coming Saturday, Sep 29th from 1-6pm with clean-up afterward from 6-8pm. The second will be on Oct 27th same time/same place. We will feature DDP dishes like pumpkin/corn bread, DDP cookies, turkey pumpkin soup, fried polenta, squash patties, bison/venison meatloaf, and crab apple sauce among others. Seating is limited for both events to 30 participants. If you are interested in joining us for one or both events, you must call 906-227-1397 or email cmoses@nmu.edu to register.

5 comments:

  1. Hey, I love this project! I'm a Choctaw woman from East Texas, and I am really passionate about nutrition. I have often talked with my family about native diets and I do try to eat lots of native foods. But I am super-impressed with those of you who are going 100%. I wish I could know similar parameters for my region. And, I look forward to your updates!

    Are y'all remembering to nixtamalize your corn? What method are you choosing?

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  2. While we applaud folks that are attempting to use traditional cooking methods as well, for this project we are concerned only with the type of food, not how it is prepared. I will be in Houston in December and will be looking to enjoy some Indigenous foods from that area. I am looking forward to those treats.

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