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, January 31, 2012

DDP Meetings Update

Besides the upcoming meeting on Feb 10 (don't forget to bring whatever camera you will be using to take photos and video for the DDP), I have scheduled two more DDP meetings in March. We will meet at the Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall for all these gatherings. March dates include Thusday, March 8th from 6-8pm, and Friday, March 23rd from 1-3pm. Both of the March gatherings will be potluck style. Please prepare DDP eligible foods at your home and bring a dish to pass if you can. We cannot prepare foods at the fellowship hall, so make sure they are all ready to be eaten before you bring them. Post what you plan to bring at our Facebook site so we don't all bring the same things. We will use these times to share recipes or food preparation methods, as well as opportunities for me to update research subjects about the DDP. We will also have a DDP booth at the NMU Pow Wow on March 17-18th in the Vandement Arena, so be sure to come by the booth and stay a while and talk to folks about it.