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. Lots of new dishes! Below, venison meatballs and spaghetti squash:
*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
Mihesuah's recent Publications, interviews, and Writings About Indigenous Foods:
“Sustenance as Culture and Tradition: Teaching About Indigenous Foodways,” in Kristopher Ray and Brady DeSanti, Understanding and Teaching Native American History (University of Wisconsin Press). In progress.
"Searching for Haknip Achukma (Good Health): Challenges to Food Sovereignty initiatives in Oklahoma,” for American Indian Culture and Research Journal’s Special Issue on Food Sovereignty. In progress.
“Historical Research and Diabetes in Indian Territory: Revisiting Kelly M. West’s Theory of 1940,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 40 #4 (2016), forthcoming.
"Cranberry sauce, fry bread and gratitude? Meh, say tribes," https://www.joomag.com/magazine/pr-for-people-monthly/M0547661001342721936
“Comanche Traditional Foodways and the Decline of Health,” Great Plains Journal 50 (2016), forthcoming.
"Indigenous Health Initiatives, Frybread, and the Marketing of Non-Traditional “Traditional” American Indian Foods," Native American and Indigenous Studies 3/2 (Fall 2016): 45-69.
Faculty Dean’s Lecture Series, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, “Indigenous Gardens and Sustainability Initiatives on Campuses and Communities,” October 6, 2015.
“Sustenance and Health among the Five Tribes in Indian Territory, Post-Removal to Statehood,” Ethnohistory 62#2 (Spring 2015): 263-284
Star Tribune, "American Indians are embracing the "decolonized diet": http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/273612961.html?page=1&c
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.
Look at my page, A Run in Baldwin City, to see how to make your workout more fun by chronicling it.
It is overseen by Devon A. Mihesuah, enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
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Late summer haul of grapes, Punta Bandas, zucchinis, cucumbers, peppers, and VA Moscows. For ideas about what to plant next spring, go to the Gardens section.
Pictures of Puerto Rico above.
Tosh and Josh unload mulch.
Below: My interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 25, 2010 "Saving American Indians' Diet"
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
The University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., 308 Bailey Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574