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  • Mark Lewine
    Subject: FW: Indigenous Eating Challenge Thought you may be interested in this . Dave ... From: H-Net List for American Indian Studies
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2011
      Subject: FW: Indigenous Eating Challenge

      Thought you may be interested in this .

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      Subject: ANN: Indigenous Eating Challenge

      From: Devon Mihesuah <mihesuah@...>
      Date: October 4, 2011
      Subject: ANN: Indigenous Eating Challenge

      In March 2012, Professor Martin Reinhardt, Anishinaabe Ojibway and
      Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan
      University, along with a cohort of students and colleagues, will
      embark on a challenging quest: to eat only pre-contact Anishinaabe
      Ojibway foods for one year. By next spring, Martin and his colleagues
      will have planned this adventure for 12 months. You can access his
      Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) blog here:

      In honor and support of the Decolonizing Diet Project, the American
      Indian Health and Diet Project http://www.aihd.ku.edu/ invites all
      interested parties to join in the mini-challenge of eating only
      pre-contact foods during the first week of November. As you know,
      November is Native American Heritage Month.

      During this week, participants in the mini-challenge can focus on one
      tribe or, because some foods may be expensive, out of season,
      contaminated, endangered, or not available, you may chose to eat only
      one or two indigenous meals per day or perhaps widen meal
      possibilities by choosing any foods indigenous to the Western

      The American Indian Health and Diet Project contains some recipes that
      feature only ingredients that are indigenous to this hemisphere. There
      are many more, of course, so I have also created the Mini-Diet
      Challenge: A Week of Eating Indigenous Foods blog at
      http://weekofeatingindigneousfoods.blogspot.com/ where you can chime
      in about what you plan to eat.

      "Traditional" for these projects means pre-contact foods. No beef,
      mutton, goat, chicken, pork, eggs, milk, butter, cream, wheat flour
      (no fry bread), rye, barley, okra, black-eyed peas, or any other "Old
      World" foods that a lot of us have lovingly incorporated into our
      diets and tribal cultures. No processed foods even if the base is corn
      or potatoes (that is, fried chips; ones you bake or dry yourself are
      ok). Drinks consist of water, herb tea and beverages you may know how
      to make, such as mescal and pulque. Chocolate candy is not on the list
      unless it is unsweetened or sweetened with honey (of the Melipona
      bee--honey bees are indigenous to Europe), fruit, stevia, camas or
      agave. The diet may take a bit of planning!

      There are many foods to choose from. My site (a work in progress)
      lists and defines many of them:

      Please consider taking part in this activity. The goals of this
      mini-challenge are to lend support to Martin's Decolonizing Diet
      Project, to familiarize ourselves with the varied, healthy and tasty
      foods that have sustained countless indigenous peoples, and to spark
      new ideas for healthy living.

      Devon Abbott Mihesuah
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