Spirit Food: Outcomes of the Decolonizing Diet Project

On March 25, 2012, twenty-five people began a year-long adventure into the world of Indigenous eating. These individuals were selected by the Northern Michigan University Center for Native American Studies as research subjects for the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP), an exploratory study of the relationships between humans and Indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region. Data from this study provides insight into biological, cultural, and legal/political dimensions of these complex relationships. Regularly scheduled health checks, online journaling, video interviews, and photos were drawn on to paint a picture of this collective experience. Join us as principal investigator and research subject, Dr. Martin Reinhardt, shares background information and outcomes of this fascinating study.

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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 3:55pm to 4:55pm
Dr. Martin Reinhardt
Dr. Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He is a tenured associate professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. His current research focuses on revitalizing the relationship between humans and Indigenous plants and animals of the Great Lakes Region. He is a former research associate for the Interwest Equity Assistance Center at Colorado State University, and the former vice president for diversity and research for Educational Options, Inc. He has taught courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government, and sociology. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Pennsylvania State University, where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions. Martin has previously served as: the primary investigator for the Decolonizing Diet Project; a member of the Michigan Indian Education Council; Chair of the American Association for Higher Education American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus; Co-Primary Investigator for the Michigan Rural Systemic Initiative; and as an external advisor for the National Indian School Board Association. He also holds both a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Sociology.
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