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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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DDP Seeds Available at Gathering Thursday

We will have the following seeds available at the gathering this Thursday for DDP research subjects who intend to grow some for their own use or for the common good of the DDP. We will have plastic baggies and a marker there for your convenience.

DDP Seeds Available:

Summer Squash Seed- "Cocozelle”
Yellow Bean Seed- "Golden Wax"
Green Bean Seed- "Blue Lake Bush #274"
Pole Bean Seed- "Blue Lake Pole"
Dry Bean Seed- "Pinto"
Corn Seed – “Silvermine”
Common Milkweed
Wild Mint
Feather Solomon’s Seal (Feathery False Lily of the Valley)
Creeping Juniper
Alpine Sweetvetch
Pitseed Goosefoot
Fireberry Hawthorn
Old Man’s Whiskers

Monday, March 26, 2012

DDP Group Site Personal Discussion Forum Upload Increased

Great news! NMU has increased the size of files that can be uploaded to the personal discusison forums at the DDP group site. You can now upload a file as large as 20mb along with your journal entry each time.

Pot Luck This Thursday

Don't forget about the DDP pot luck this thursday. Just like last time, if you could post what you are bringing to share on the DDP facebook site that would be great. It will be at our usual location for Thusday night meetings from 6-8pm in the fellowship hall (basement) of the Grace United Methodist Church. Don't forget to bring your own place settings.

YMCA Guest Passes

I have 15 guest day passes that were donated by the YMCA in case any of the DDP research subjects are interested in trying out their facility. I also have a few applications for YMCA scholarships that would provide a discounted rate for membership if you are deemed eligible. Stop by the Center for Native American Studies if you would like either one.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I have begun fasting today after lunch, and will end my fast on Sunday. I have fasted in a traditional Anishinaabe Ojibway way three times before, but this time will be a bit different since it is focused on the DDP. The next four days will give me time slow down and relax as I prepare to begin the DDP. I will have water and cedar tea during the fast. Although I won't be coming into the office, I do invite other DDP participants and supporters to stop by and visit with me during the fast. I will be at the old McDonald elementary school at KI Sawyer in the travel trailer. You can just drive around back of the school and park near the outdoor basketball court. I will have a fire going, and we can share some cedar tea and take a tour of the school. I will not be checking my email or taking phone calls until Sunday evening, so please be patient until I am able to get back with you. I wish everyone the very best as you begin the DDP in your own way.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Flickr Photo & Video Upload Directions

Sam and I developed a set of directions for uploading photos and videos to the DDP Flickr website. The sheet is available at the DDP group site. This is for DDP staff and research subjects only. Each research subject has their own "set" within the website. The public is welcome to view the photos however.

Thill's Fish House

I just went by Thill's Fish House to let them know that they may start getting some special orders for smoked fish. Tina and I ordered some maple and salt smoked whitefish. They should be ready by the end of next week.

Marquette Food Co-op List

Chi-miigwech to the Marquette Food Co-op for putting their list of DDP eligible foods out at the store. I just went by and got some cornmeal, sunchokes, frozen sweet potatoes, and turkey. Sounds like the duck eggs will be in on Friday. I am checking with them to see if we can get a DDP account and will let you all know how that goes.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DDP Gatherings Update

Based on attendance patterns, and feedback I have received via email and phone regarding preferred times for our DDP gatherings, I have decided to schedule only Thursday evening and weekend events from this point forward. Thus, we will not have a gathering on March 23rd as originally scheduled. Instead, we will plan to meet on Thursday, March 29th the following week from 6-8pm at the Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. We will have another gathering during the same time/same place on April 12th. We will have a special guest, ethnobiologist Dr. Scott Herron, join us that evening. Our last gathering was great! I really enjoyed all of the food and fellowship. Please post the recipes for the dishes you brought at the DDP Group Site Recipes Forum. Don't forget to get your annual physical and have the results sent to my office in a confidential envelop. You can also drop them by if you prefer.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pecan Butter

I just made some DDP crunchy pecan butter. I used about 10 ounces of pecans (available in bulk from Sam's warehouse with no additives), 1/3 cup of sunflower oil (available from Walmart), and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt. I used my ninja food processor to mix them. I will plan to keep it at room temperature. It tasted very good!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

DDP UP Grocery List and Master Food List Update Posted

We have added the first draft of the UP Grocery List to the DDP Group Site. We will continue to improve this list as we learn more about product availability at these and other food outlets. We have also updated the Master Food List. You will notice that we have many plants linked to the USDA database now. We will finish linking all of the plants soon. We highly encourage folks to learn about these plants before disturbing them in the wild and especially before consuming them. Some are endangered and many can be harmful to your health if used improperly.