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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Members of the public will have the opportunity this weekend to find out more about a unique experiment being conducted through the Center For Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
Dr. Martin Reinhardt, with the Center, joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike this morning to discuss the Decolonizing Diet Project and a special cooking demonstration coming up this Saturday on campus that features dishes created in conjunction with the project.
Reinhardt explained that the Decolonizing Diet Project, or “DDP” features foods indigenous to the Upper Great Lakes Region prior to contact with Europeans. The time frame used in the experiment is based upon what foods were native to our area in the year 1600.
Reinhardt is one of a group of subjects who are consuming those foods to various degrees. He is a “100-percenter” meaning that he is eating nothing but dishes made from those foods that meet the criteria of the research.
According to Reinhardt, the cooking demonstration, which is set for 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Jacobetti Center, will showcase several dishes that use modern cooking techniques to prepare the classic indigenous foods.