Recovering Our Ancestors' Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and Fitness

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U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 194 pages
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Featuring an array of tempting traditional Native recipes and no-nonsense practical advice about health and fitness, Recovering Our Ancestors' Gardens, by the acclaimed Choctaw author and scholar Devon Abbott Mihesuah, draws on the rich indigenous heritages of this continent to offer a helpful guide to a healthier life. The first half of the book consists of clear and often pointed discussions about the generally poor state of indigenous health today and how and why many Natives have become separated from their traditional diets, sports, and other activities. Poor health, Mihesuah contends, is a pervasive consequence of colonialism. Indigenous foods and activities can be reclaimed, however, and made relevant for a healthier lifestyle today. By planting gardens, engaging in more exercise and sport, and eating traditional foods, Native peoples can emulate the health and fitness of their ancestors. ¯ The second half of the book is a collection of indigenous recipes, including Summer Salsa, Poke Salat Salad, Dakota Waskuya Soup, Osage Pounded Meat, Chickasaw Pashofa, Elk Steak, Choctaw Banaha, Comanche Ata-Kwasa, Stewed Fruit Dessert, and a one-week diet chart. Savory, natural, and steeped in the Native traditions of this land, these recipes are sure to delight and satisfy.
  

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Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1
Indigenous Health and Diet
13
1 The State of Indigenous Health
15
2 Traditional Diets
23
3 Traditional Activity
38
4 How Did We Arrive at This Unhealthy Situation?
47
7 Changing What We Eat
79
8 Recovering Our Fitness
94
9 Planting Gardens
99
10 Become a Fitness Activist
106
Indigenous Recipes
111
OneWeek Diet Chart
161
Notes and Sources
175
Index
185

5 What Are We Ingesting?
64
6 How Many Calories Do We Need?
74

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About the author (2005)

Devon Abbott Mihesuah is the Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professor in International Cultural Understanding in the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas. She is the author of numerous books, most recently, So You Want to Write about American Indians? A Guide for Writers, Students, and Scholars and Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism, as well as the editor of American Indian Quarterly.

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