Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture
Feeding The People, Feeding the Spirit is an indigenous foods resource for Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Even though this book contains many voices, they speak as one when they say, "Our traditional foods matter." The book documents a 2008 community-based research project where Northwest Indian College Traditional Plants and Foods Program staff worked with archaeologists, tribal elders, cultural specialists, hunters, gatherers and cooks to determine what foods were eaten before European contact, barriers to accessing those foods today, and actions that native communities are taking to strengthen traditional food systems. It is divided into four chapters, including cultural stories of native foods, the impacts of colonization on food traditions, current efforts to revitalize native foods access, and how to identify, harvest and prepare many of those foods. Traditional foods principles and information on making healthy grocery store choices are included, along with a recipe section that features many delicious dishes including nettle pesto, native berry crisp, and roasted elk with wild blackberry sauce. This text includes culturally sensitive information; distribution is limited to native people and those who serve their health and communities.
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