October 30th, 2013 Last Updated on: October 30th, 2013
After serving frybread and Indian tacos at a fundraiser for the Native American Student Association at Northern Michigan University, Marty Reinhardt had an epiphany. Would his ancestors even recognize the food they were eating today? This led him on a year-long quest to decolonize his food.
For a full year Professor Reinhardt and a group of 25 volunteer subjects swapped out a percentage of their daily diets with foods that would have been a part of the Great Lakes diet prior to the year 1600. Squash, bison and wild leeks were just some of the foods that made up the new diet. Anything that wasn't available for purchase at the store would have to be grown, hunted, fished or foraged.
Do you feel up for the challenge?
Here's a link to a Venison and Bison meatloaf recipe to get things started.
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