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, 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".