Keweenaw Bay Indian Community KBIC Natural Resources and Forestry Departments, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and Northern Michigan University NMU Center for Native American Studies hosted a Pre-Colonization Dinner on October 22, 2015.
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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.
Dr. Martin Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan. He is a tenured associate professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, and is the co-owner and education division director of First Nations, LLC. 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.
He is 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;
- Serves as external advisor for the National Indian School Board Assn.
He also holds both a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Sociology.
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Pre-Colonization Dinner & Presentation
Thursday, October 22nd at Zeba Hall near Baraga
4:00 to 6:00 pm Cooking Demonstrations
6:00 pm Dinner Served
7:00 to 8:00 pm “Spirit Food: Outcomes of the Decolonizing Diet Project”
Presentation by Dr. Martin Reinhart, NMU Center for Native American Studies,
and an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan.
Background: 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.
Join us to learn more about collecting and cooking indigenous foods!
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC)
NMU Center for Native American Studies
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
call KBIC Natural Resources Dept. at (906) 524-5757
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