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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Monday, April 7, 2014

DDP Earth Day Pot Luck and Drum Social

Attention DDPers! Please join us for a DDP Earth Day Pot Luck and Drum Social at Moosewood Nature Center on Presque Isle on April 22, 2014. This is also Marty's birthday and he wants to hang out with family and friends. We will plan to eat between 6:30-7pm and then walk to sunset point to catch the sunset! Marty will bring a whole roasted DDP turkey, and baked sweet potato chunks, as well as sweet water.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Australia Connection

I had a great encounter with some folks from the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in North Geelong, Victoria in Australia last evening. I presented on the DDP and they told me about their plans to do something similar in their part of the world. It looks like they may begin their project next November 1st as we start the Week of Eating Indigenous Foods.

United Nations News Article

I was excited to see that the United Nations included information about the DDP in a recent report. You can view an article at the following website: