eating-indigenouslychangesdietsandlivesofnativeamericans


American Indian Health and Diet Project

The goals of the AIHDP are to bring to light the health problems faced by indigenous peoples, to understand how we came to our unhealthy situations and what we can do about them. You will find no fry bread recipes here! This site also focuses on connecting with the natural world, finding ways to do our part to be responsible consumers and to halt environmental degradation.

This website is based on my book, Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness. University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Everything in the book is on this site, plus much more.

This book won the Special Award of the Jury of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards (along with Martha Stewart and Maya Angelou) and was Finalist for Best in the World Cookbook.

Also see my Facebook page, Indigenous Eating, for more food ideas.

*NOTE*: Fry bread on this site refers to fried white flour that most readers have encountered at Native events. It does not refer to breads made by tribes before the introduction of wheat, such as: corn, shuck, sour, persimmon, acorn, hickory, sunflower, pumpkin seed, potato, bean, mesquite, peanut, bamboo vine, camas, or cane breads

NEW: Medicinal Plants Used by the Five Tribes (Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Muscogees and Seminoles)

Check out my Environment and Garden blog, Yakni Achukma (The Good Land) http://thegoodland-dmihesuah.blogspot.com/

Baldwin Bobcat pouncingA bobcat pounces on a field mouse behind my neighbor's house.

A Tour of the Baker Wetlands in Lawrence, KS:

Deer in wetlands

Mihesuah's recent Publications, interviews, and Writings About Indigenous Foods:

Coming Soon: “Sustenance and Health among the Five Tribes in Indian Territory, Post-Removal to Statehood,” Ethnohistory

Al Jazeera, "Eating Indigenously":  http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/24/eating-indigenouslychangesdietsandlivesofnativeamericans.html

National Geographic, "Cranberries: A Thanksgiving Staple": http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/11/131127-cranberries-thanksgiving-native-americans-indians-food-history/

“The Garden Meal,” in Linda Murray Berzok, ed., Storied Dishes: What Our Family Recipes Tell Us About Who We Are and Where We’ve Been (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2010), pp. 57-60.

Interview with Spezzatino Magazine “Springtime in the Ancestors’ Gardens: Native Health and Finding Comfort,” at www.Spezzatino.com vol. 4, 2008.

The Chronicle Review, “Saving American Indians’ Diets,” April 25, 2010: http://chronicle.com/article/Decolonizing-American-Indians/65193/

The Oread, “Mihesuah’s cookbook to compete for title of ‘Best in the World,’ 30#11, February 20, 2006.

Pantagraph.com, “Altering Your Intake: Eliminate the Processed Foods; return to roots,” November 27, 2007.

The Daily Vidette, “Speaker talks about Native Americans’ eating habits,” November 6, 2007.

KU Today Headline, June 5, 2012: “KU historian touts benefits of foods indigenous to Americas”: http://archive.news.ku.edu/2012/june/5/indigenous.shtml 

Kansas Alumni magazine story: “Culture Cues: Historian Targets Indigenous Diet as Food for Thought,” Kansas Alumni, No. 5, 2012. pp. 12-14.

Lawrence-Journal World, “Simple Sustenance: Confronting Obesity and dietary problems by returning to our roots,” February 15, 2006: D1-2.

Editorial Comment: “Decolonizing Our Diets By Recovering Our Ancestors’ Gardens,” American Indian Quarterly 27: 3/4 (2003): 807-839.

corn in indian territory

Look at my page, A Run in Baldwin City, to see how to make your workout more fun by chronicling it.

run in Baldwin City

 

About the American Indian Health website

It is overseen by Devon A. Mihesuah, enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
My website link

 

All website photographs by Devon A. Mihesuah.

enchiladas turkey chili
chile squashes
sweet pots bison
Tosh butterfly squash blossom

Get Your Gardens Ready for Summer 2014. Here is one of mine, a greenhouse squash garden. For ideas, go to the Gardens section.

 

NEW!!

FOURTH ANNUAL Week of Eating IndIgenous Foods: In Support of Martin Reinhardt's Decolonizing Diet Project, Nov. 22-30, 2014

See Indigenous Eating Facebook page for more information and ideas

Puerto Rican snapper

Puerto Rican foods

foods for the ancestors

List of Food Films

Puerto Rico

Pictures of Puerto Rico above.

Suggestions for Diabetics

Suggestions for diabetics.

Tosh, Josh and mulch
Tosh and Josh unload mulch.

Below: My interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 25, 2010 "Saving American Indians' Diet"

Devon CHEd

If you are writing about indigenous food and/or health, please keep in mind that if you plan to utilize contributions from here, it is appropriate to cite this website.

 

Devon A. Mihesuah
Cora Lee Beers Price Professor
Humanties and Western Civilization

The University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., 308 Bailey Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574
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