Decolonizing Diet Project

The Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) (approved by IRB: project # HS11-415) is an exploratory study of the relationship between people and indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region. Very few studies have ever been conducted on this subject matter, and studies that examine the physical, cultural, and legal/political dimensions are practically non-existent.  

This research program is being led by Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Assistant Professor – Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University and is being supported by the USFS and Cedar Tree Institute.

This map below indicates the geographic range in which food can be accessed for this diet. Foods may include berries, leeks, wild game, whitefish, maple syrup, wild rice, etc.

Decolonizing Diet Project Map of Great Lakes Region.












Follow Dr. Reinhard’ts blog to see how his research is progressing. Decolonizing Diet Project blog

To learn more about the project or to inquire about how to become involved, contact Dr. Reinhardt at the NMU Center for Native American Studies at 906-227-1397 or email him at